Vol. 5 Num 872 Fri. November 10, 2006  
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Enayetullah's first death anniversary today

Today is the first death anniversary of Enayetullah Khan, founding editor of the Daily New Age and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Holiday.

A titan of Bangladeshi journalism of regional and international repute for his fearlessness for more than four decades, Enayetullah Khan passed away in Toronto, Canada, on November 10, 2005 at the age of 66. He had been suffering from cancer of the pancreas, said a press release.

Having begun his career as a cub reporter of the then Pakistan Observer in 1959, Enayetullah Khan went on to found the Weekly Holiday in August 1965, before taking over as editor of the paper in 1966.

He founded the Daily New Age as its editor and publisher in June 2003. He was also the editor of the Bangladesh Times between 1975 and 1977. He was awarded Ekushey Padak for excellence in journalism.

Enayetullah Khan served as minister of the government of Bangladesh (1977-1978) and as an ambassador to China, North Korea, Cambodia and Myanmar (1984-1989).

Known for his democratic activism, Enayetullah Khan was at the forefront of the Buddhijibi Nidhan Tathyanusandhan Committee formed on December 18, 1971 to investigate murders of intellectuals in the terminal days of the War of Independence in 1971 by Al-Badr and Al-Shams -- the killer wings of the Jamaat-e-Islami.

He was also an organiser of the Civil Liberties and Legal Aid Committee (1974) that defended the political victims of the Rakkhi Bahini; Famine Resistance Committee (1974); Farakka March Committee led by Maulana Bhasani (1976); and the Committee Against Communalism (1981).

A master's in philosophy from Dhaka University, Enayetullah Khan was the general secretary of Ananda Mohan College Students' Union, member of the Dhaka University Students' Union (1958-59), and vice-president of Dhaka Hall (now Shahidullah Hall) Students' Union (1959-60).

He was the president of Jatiya Press Club (1973-76) and Dhaka Club (1984-85).

Born on May 25, 1939 in Mymensingh, Enayetullah Khan was the third son of late Justice Abdul Jabbar Khan, a former speaker of the Pakistan National Assembly. Among

his siblings are journalist Sadeq Khan, the late poet and bureaucrat Abu Zafar Obaidullah, politicians Rashed Khan Menon and Selima Rahman, and New Age publisher Shahidullah Khan.

Doa mahfil will be held in Dhaka and Barisal today in remembrance of Enayetullah Khan.