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PM’s birthday programmes postponed


WT24 Desk

Bangladesh Awami League and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have postponed all of their programmes including discussion meetings and processions which were announced earlier marking the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,BSS reports.

At the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League and Chhatra League postponed their programmes to mourn the death of versatile writer Syed Shamsul Haque, PM’s special assistant Mahbubul Hoque Shakil told BSS last night.

The discussion meeting of Awami League was scheduled to be held at city’s Engineers Institution today while BCL called for procession in every educational institutes and wards of the city, marking the birthday of Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Awami League.

Many organisations also postponed their programmes those were scheduled for today to observe the birthday of the premier. Celebrated writer Syed Shamsul Haque died yesterday at the United Hospital in the capital giving in his battle with cancer. He was 81.

Syed Haque was earlier being treated at a London hospital where Sheikh Hasina visited him and took the responsibilities of his treatment. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina mourned the death of the eminent author. The prime minister, who is now in Washington on the last leg of her US visit, received the news with profound bereavement, PM’s press secretary Ehsanul Karim told BSS over telephone.

Terming Haque as a conscience of the nation the prime minister said the country lost “a writer who was devoted to the truth while she personally lost one of her well-wishers at his death”, the press secretary quoted her as saying.

“Syed Shamsul Haque has viewed Bangalee, Bangladesh and Bangabandhu as inseparable entities and through his powerful writings he showed the nation the dream of a secular country,” the premier said. She added: “Syed Haque’s death is an irreparable loss of the national arena of literature and culture.”

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