President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep shock at the passing away of Ekushey Padak winning veteran journalist Toab Khan.
In separate messages, they prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Toab Khan, also former press secretary to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, played the role of 'swabdo sainik' in the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the War of Liberation, she said.
The Premier said during his long cherished carrier, the veteran journalist later shouldered the responsibilities of the Dainik Bangla as its editor, principal information officer, director general of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) and in other media outlets including the Dainik Janakantha with patriotism and dedication.
Toab Khan, the editor of Bengali daily ‘Danik Bangla’, passed away at a hospital in the capital on Saturday. He was 87.
Toab Khan was the first editor of ‘Dainik Bangla’ which changed its name from ‘Dainik Pakistan’ after Bangladesh’s independence in 1971.
The seasoned journalist, who started his career in 1953, also served as the press secretary to Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after Bangladesh became independent.
Toab Khan received Ekushey Padak for his outstanding contribution to journalism in 2016.