Vol. 4 Num 48 Sun. July 13, 2003  
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Barrister Ishtiaq passes away

Renowned lawyer and two-time adviser of the caretaker government Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed died of old-age complications at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka yesterday. He was 72.

He left behind wife National Professor Dr Sufia Ahmed, son Justice Dr Syed Refaat Ahmed, daughter Dr Raina Fateh and a host of grandchildren, relatives, friends and well-wishers to mourn his death.

His first namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Supreme Court premises after Zohr prayers and a second janaza will be held at the Azad Mosque at Gulshan in the afternoon. He will be buried at the Banani graveyard.

"The condition of Barrister Ishtiaq had been deteriorating since Thursday, a doctor on duty at the Incentive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital told The Daily Star. Barrister Ishtiaq breathed his last at around 8:45pm.

He was hospitalised when his blood pressure fell on Tuesday. He had been suffering from diabetes, anaemia and encephalopathy.

His pressure was gradually falling and he was on artificial ventilation, doctors added.

Ishtiaq was admitted to the medicine ward of BIRDEM and later shifted to the ICU they said.

His body was kept at the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka.

Born on January 18, 1932 at Gazipur in India, he had his early education at Hili of Dinajpur and Kolkata.

He did his matriculation from Mymensingh Zilla School and intermediate from Dhaka College.

Ishtiaq secured first class in BA Honors in economics from Dhaka University and did his masters from the same university.

He had his bar at law from Lincoln's Inn, London in 1958 and also obtained Msc in economics from London School of Economics.

He started practising law at the East Pakistan High Court. He emerged as one of the leading lawyers on constitutional and civil issues and earned a high degree of reputation.

He was appointed additional attorney general in 1972 and attorney general in 1976.

He was the country's permanent representative to the United Nations in 1978.

He held the office of the adviser for law, justice and parliamentary affairs in the first caretaker government in 1991 and the latest in 2001.

Khaleda condoles

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia expressed profound shock at the death of Barrister Ishtiaq.

In a condolence message, the prime minister said in his death, the nation has lost a brilliant son.

Khaleda said Ishtiaq made a significant contribution to the struggle for establishment of democracy and rule of law. He also played a pioneering role in the anti-autocracy movement, she added.

The prime minister conveyed her sympathy to the members of the bereaved family and prayed for peace of the departed soul.

The others who gave messages condoling the death of Ishtiaq included LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed, Information Minister Tariqul Islam and former president Abdur Rahman Biswas.

Barrister Syed Ishtiaq Ahmed