Advocate M Abdur Rahim, a former lawmaker from Dinajpur, member of the constitution drafting committee and an organiser of the liberation war, passed away on Sunday. He was 88.
Abdur Rahim, also a close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, had been suffering from old-age complications. He breathed his last at around 11:00am at BIRDEM Hospital in Dhaka.
His first namaz-e-janaza was held at the South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad after Asr prayers on Sunday. Two more janazas will be held in Dinajpur, his home district, today before his burial at his family graveyard there. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed deep shock at the death of M Abdur Rahim.
Abdur Rahim left behind his wife, two sons, four daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn the death. His two sons are Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Jatiya Sangsad Whip Iqbalur Rahim MP. His two daughters — Nadira Sultana and Nasima Sultana — are physicians and his two other daughters — Nafisa Sultana and Najila Sultana — are established in their own rights.
According to family sources, Abdur Rahim had been suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney ailments and other old-age complications. He was first taken to Dinajpur Zia Heart Foundation Hospital on August 2. As his condition was deteriorating, he was shifted to Dhaka by helicopter on August 11. Since then, he had been undergoing treatment at BIRDEM Hospital.
Born in Jalalpur village in Shankarpur Union under Sadar Upazila of Dinajpur district on November 21 in 1927, M Abdur Rahim started his law practice in Dianjpur after achieving his LL.B degree from Dhaka University in 1959.
As a worker of the United Front Alliance, he took part in electioneering on behalf of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy in 1954 elections.
M Abdur Rahim was a member of legal aid committee on historic Agartola case. In 1970, he was elected a provincial assembly member as a candidate of the Awami League. In 1971, he worked as an organiser of the liberation war in Dinajpur area.
He was assigned as a chairman of the liberation war west zone by the Mujibnagar government. Under this zone, 112 relief camps, 12 youth welcome camps, six freedom fighters’ camps and a freedom fighter selection camp were set up in India.
He played an important role as a member of the constitution drafting committee.
He also served as a president of Dinajpur Zila Awami League for a long time. He was also a president of District Bar Association.
In 1991, M Abdur Rahim was elected a member of parliament from Dinajpur Sadar.
On December 18, 1971, two days after the country achieved victory after nine months of war with Pakistan, he hoisted the flag of independent Bangladesh in Dinajpur.
In a condolence message, President Abdul Hamid said the nation has lost an eminent politician at his death. “His death is an irreparable loss to the nation and the country. The nation will forever remember his contributions to the country’s Liberation War with gratitude.”
In another condolence message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the country has lost a renowned politician, lawyer and social worker, while Awami League has lost a dedicated leader at his death.
“The people of Dinajpur will remember with deep respect the contributions of the renowned leader to the development of the region,” she said.
The body of M Abdur Rahim will be kept at Dinajpur Central Shaheed Minar at 10:00am today for the people to pay their last respects to the late leader. Later, two namaz-e-janazas of M Abdur Rahim will be held in Dinajpur today — one at Gor-e-Shaheed Maidan at 11:00am and at Jalalpur Eidgah Maidan at 2:00pm. And he will be buried at his family graveyard at Jalalpur.