Vol. 5 Num 891 Wed. November 29, 2006  
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Hanif laid to rest

Veteran Awami League (AL) leader and former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) mayor Mohammad Hanif was laid to eternal rest yesterday at Azimpur graveyard in the capital.

The first of the three namaz-e-janazas of Mohammad Hanif was held at his Nazirabazar home in old Dhaka in the morning after the body was taken there from his Banani home. AL President Sheikh Hasina and thousands of people paid tribute to the leading organiser of the Liberation War.

Around noon, Hanif's body was taken to Nagar Bhaban where officials and employees of the DCC paid their last tribute to the former mayor.

Around 3:00pm, the body was taken to the AL central office on Bangabandhu Avenue where thousands of 14-party leaders and activists paid homage to Hanif.

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain, AL General Secretary Abdul Jalil and other political leaders placed floral wreaths on the body.

The last namaz-e-janaza was held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Asr prayers and he was taken to Azimpur graveyard for burial.

Hanif died in the early hours yesterday at the city's Apollo Hospital after a prolonged illness.

He had been suffering from multiple organ failures and other related complications of diabetes, hypertension and obstructive lung disease.

Hanif, who served as the DCC mayor from March 12, 1994 to April 4, 2002, was taken to Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok on February 10. He returned on August 25 after a six-month treatment there.

President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Prof Iajuddin Ahmed expressed deep shock at the death of the former mayor, BSS said.

In a message of condolence, referring to the illustrious life of Mohammad Hanif the president said his contribution in the field of politics and social service would be always remembered by the people with due respect.

The DCC had a holiday yesterday for all officers and employees of its head office to mourn the death of its former mayor.

Political parties and different professional bodies expressed deep shock at the death of Mohammad Hanif.

Hasina said, "People of Dhaka have lost a real leader, a leading organiser of the Liberation War, and their first elected mayor -- with the death of Mohammad Hanif; and personally I've lost one of my best well-wishers and a long-time companion of the Bangabandhu family."

A close aide to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hanif had always been by the side of people in his illustrious political career. He contributed to every just movement for the people, the AL president said.

"Hanif's contribution to the mass movement against Pakistani military junta of Ayub Khan, six-point movement, mass insurrection in 1969 and the Liberation War in 1971 will be remembered by the nation forever," Hasina said.

She prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy for the bereaved family members.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia grieved over the death of Mayor Hanif. In a condolence message, the former prime minister said a veteran politician Hanif was well known to all strata of society.

She prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and expressed sympathy to his bereaved family members.

The incumbent Dhaka City Mayor and Dhaka City BNP President Sadeque Hossain Khoka, BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and BNP leader Mosaddeq Ali also expressed their condolences in separate messages.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain and LDP leader Abul Kashem, Jatiya Party (Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju and Secretary General Sheikh Shahidul Islam, Bangladesh Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon and General Secretary Bimal Biswas, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haq Inu and General Secretary Syed Zafar Sazzad, Bangladesh National Awami Party President Prof Muzaffar Ahmad and General Secretary Enamul Haq also sent their condolence messages.

Different professional organisations, including Dhaka University Teachers' Association, DCC, Bangladesh Shikkhak Karmachari Oikya Parishad, Sammilita Nagorik Andolan, Bangladesh Shikkhak Samity, Sammilita Krira Paribar, Masjid Council and Public Relations Branch of Bangladesh National Parliament Secretariat expressed deep shock at Hanif's death.

Different front organisations of AL and 14-party -- Bangladesh Awami Jubo League, Bangladesh Krishak League, Jatiya Sramik League and Jatiya Bidyut Sramik League, Bangladesh Jubo Moitree, youth Gonoforum and many other organisations and individuals expressed their condolences.

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina offers munajat beside the body of City AL President Mohammad Hanif at his residence at Nazirabazar in the city yesterday. PHOTO: STAR