Maulana Mannan no more |
Former religious affairs minister Maulana MA Mannan died of old age ailments at his Banani residence in the city yesterday morning. He was 71.
Namaz-e-janaza of Maulana Mannan, also the founder of the Daily Inqilab, will be held after Asr prayers today at Mohakhali Masjid-e-Gausul Azam Complex. He will be buried there.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia expressed deep shock at the death of Mannan.
In a condolence message, Khaleda said: "Maulana Mannan had been active in the political arena of this country for long and played a remarkable role in publication of newspaper." She also recalled Mannan's activities in various social fields.
The prime minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and expressed sympathy for the bereaved family members.
Several ministers and leaders of some religion-based political parties have also condoled the death of Mannan, who was the president of Jamiyat-e-Mudarressin, an organisation of madrasa teachers.
He served as a minister under the late president Justice Abdus Sattar and then in the cabinet of HM Ershad. Earlier, he was elected a lawmaker from Chandpur in 1979.
In 1971, Mannan was one of the top leaders of the so-called Peace and Welfare Council that was set up to help the Pakistani occupation forces.
During the Liberation War, Mannan played an active role against the freedom struggle and issued numerous statements in favour of the genocide committed by the Pakistan army.
He assisted the Pakistanis in committing atrocities and allegedly had direct involvement in the killing of intellectuals. He was a well-known collaborator of the genocidal force.