Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Swadhinata Padak and Ekushey Padak winning National Professor, Bangla Academy Chairman and noted scholar Rafiqul Islam.
The Prime Minister said that Rafiqul, being a participant and witness of the Language Movement and Liberation War, penned down the history of those events which are great assets for the Bangla literature.
Sheikh Hasina said Rafiqul's contribution to the research on national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam is exceptional.
The premier added that the literary works of the noted writer and researcher will always inspire the Bengalee nation regarding the spirit of the Liberation War and patriotism.
"With his demise, I have lost my teacher and a guardian. Inspiration and guidance from my favorite teacher on nationally important matters have given me strength to go ahead," she said.
The premier said he upheld the idol of the Father of the Nation whole heartedly and conducted various activities with efficiency to make a success the Mujib Borsho programmes.
Rafiqul Islam breathed his last around 2:30pm in the afternoon at the city's Evercare Hospital.