President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have conveyed their heartfelt respect to the Bangladeshi career diplomat and former speaker of the parliament Humayun Rasheed Choudhury on his 93rd birthday anniversary to be observed on Thursday.
On the eve of the day, both the President and the Prime Minister issued separate messages rendering their deep respect towards him.
The head of the state said Humayun had immense respect for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
While he was the ambassador to Germany, Bangabandhu and most of his family members were martyred on 15 August, 1975, he said, adding that upon hearing the news of the brutal murder of Father of the Nation and his family, he risked his life to keep the two daughters of Bangabandhu-- Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana - safe at his residence in West Germany.
He was the first Bengali to preside over the 41st session of the United Nation (UN) General Assembly, the president said, adding that he later successfully served as the speaker of the great national assembly from 1996-2001.
During this time, he undertook a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including repealing the infamous indemnity ordinance, strengthening the national assembly and introducing the question-and-answer sessions of the Prime Minister in Parliament to bring the murderers of Father of the Nation to justice, Hamid added.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her message said:" Humayun Rasheed Choudhury is a shining star in the history of our great independence."
After the 71's war broke out, he left the side of Pakistan while working at the Pakistani embassy in New Delhi, she said, adding that during the time, Humayun played a leading role in saving the lives of Bengalis working in the embassy.
She said Humayun strongly called for the independence of Bangladesh and the release of imprisoned leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through foreign media.
After the victory of the war and under the direction of Bangabandhu, Humayun started his diplomatic activities to get the recognition of the newly independent Bangladesh, she said, adding that 34 countries recognized Bangladesh in a short time for his prudent efficiency at workplace.