Mijarul Quayes' body arrives in Dhaka

Sun Online Desk

20th March, 2017 12:24:19 printer

Mijarul Quayes' body arrives in Dhaka

The body of Bangladesh Ambassador to Brazil and former foreign secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes arrived in Dhaka in the wee hours of Monday.


Shumona and family members of Quayes accompanied the body which arrived around 12:16am.


Quayes's first namaz-e-janaza has held on foreign ministry premises at 8.30 am where his colleagues paid their respect to the veteran diplomat who also served as the top bureaucrat of the foreign office for years.


The body was then brought to Central Shaheed Minar to be kept there from 10 am to 12 noon to allow admirers to have their last glimpses of Quayes, who also earned repute of being a cultural activist and connoisseur of art and literature.


His second janaza would be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Asr prayers on the same day while ahead of his burial at Banani graveyard the body would be taken to his ancestral home at Pakundia of Kishorganj for a third janaza to be joined by relatives and people in the neighbourhood.


Quoting Quayes's elder brother Major General (retd) Imrul Quayes BSS said, "We have planned to bury him besides the grave our parents at Banani after Asr prayers on Tuesday.".


Quayes's first janaza was actually held at Brasilia on March 15 which was jointly organised by the envoys of Muslim countries in Brazil, which earlier staged a military ceremony to bid him last farewell.


Son of former civil servant late Abdul Hamid, Quayes was a 1982 batch officer of Bangladesh Civil Service who besides being the foreign secretary served as the High Commissioner to UK and Russia and in several capacities at home and abroad.