Veteran politician and lawyer Barrister Moudud Ahmed passed away while undergoing treatment of heart, lung and kidney diseases in Singapore on Tuesday. He was 81.
“Sir (Moudud Ahmed) breathed his last at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore at 6:30pm today (Tuesday),” said Mominur Rahman Sujon, PS to Barrister Moudud Ahmed.Moudud Ahmed, a standing committee member of the BNP, left Dhaka for Singapore for better treatment on February 1. He was accompanied by his wife Hasna Jasimuddin.
He was shifted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Mount Elizabeth Hospital on March 9 after his physical condition deteriorated.
Moudud Ahmed, also former prime minister and vice-president of the country, had been suffering from lung congestion and heart and kidney complications since a long time.
Earlier on December 30 last year, he was admitted to Evercare Hospital in Dhaka as he fell sick due to low level of haemoglobin. He also suffered a mild stroke.
His body will be brought back to Dhaka soon as the date and time of his namaj-e-janaza and the burial place were not fixed till the filing of this report at 8pm on Tuesday.
President Abdul Hamid expressed deep shock at the death of Barrister Moudud Ahmed.Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Law Minister Anisul Huq condoled death of Moudud Ahmed. They prayed for salvation of the departed soul and expressed deep sympathy to bereaved family members.
BNP leaders, including Tarique Rahman, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, expressed deep shock at the death of Moudud Ahmed.
Top leaders of other political parties, including Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader and Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Janata League President Bangabeer Kader Siddique, expressed profound sorrow at the demise of Barrister Moudud Ahmed.
Different political and social organisations also expressed deep shock at the death of Barrister Moudud Ahmed.
Moudud Ahmed left behind wife Hasna Jasimuddin Moudud, daughter poet Ana Kashfiya Moudud and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Moudud’s elder son Asif Momtaz Moudud died at the age of 3 and another son Aman Momtaj Moudud died of dengue in 2015.
Moudud Ahmed was born in Companyganj upazila in Noakhali district on May 24, 1940. His father was Mamtaj Uddin Ahmed and mother was Begum Ambia Khatun.
He was one of the founding members of the BNP. He joined Jatiya Party in 1985 and served as prime minister and vice-president during military ruler HM Ershad’s government. After the fall of Ershad, he returned to BNP in 1996 and he was made law minister in Khaleda Zia's government in 2001.
Moudud Ahmed was elected MP five times from Noakhali-1 and Noakhali-5 constituencies.
Moudud also served as the post master general of Bangladesh after independence. He was Deputy Prime Minister (1976–1978), information minister in 1985, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1986–1989), Vice-President (1989–1990) and Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (2001–2006).
He completed his BA and MA in political science from the University of Dhaka. Later, he studied law in England and was called to the English Bar in 1966.