Jatiya Party Secretary General and former lawmaker Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu passed away on Saturday at a city hospital at the age of 67.
Bablu, former minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism and general secretary (GS) of DUCSU, breathed his last while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Bangladesh Specialized Hospital at 9:12am.
In separate messages of condolence, they prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Jatiya Party chairman GM Quader also expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death.
Recalling his contribution to the country’s politics, he said Bablu was a leader of the masses and worked for the people since his student life.
“He was vocal against any kind of injustice. He was one of the brightest stars of Bangladesh politics,” he said adding that Bablu would remain alive in people’s heart for his welfare activities.
Bablu was born in 1954 in Chattogram and was first elected the Member of Parliament from Chattogram in fourth Parliament between 1988 and 1990.
Bablu was also appointed as an advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in November 2013.
He was with among other few leaders who played a vital role to convince HM Ershad to participate in the national election in 2014, boycotted by the BNP.
More than half of the MPs were elected unopposed in the polls.
In 2020, JP removed Moshiur Rahman Ranga from the post of the party's secretary general and replaced him with Bablu.
On September 7, Bablu was admitted to Labaid Specialised Hospital in the capital’s Dhanmondi area with Covid-19 symptoms.
He underwent a Covid test on the same day and tested positive. And after a week, Bablu was shifted to Bangladesh Specialized Hospital.
Party sources said that Bablu fell ill after returning to Dhaka from Sylhet earlier last month.
He went to Sylhet to campaign for the party candidate for Sylhet-3 by-poll held on September 4.
Bablu’s body was kept at the party's Kakrail central office from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to let people show their last respect to the JP leader.
Cabinet members, including Obaidul Quader, Anisul Huq, Dr Hasan Mahmud and Abdul Momen expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Bablu.
The ministers said the country has lost an experienced politician in his death.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also expressed deep shock at his death.
Bablu’s first wife Farida Sarkar died in 2005 from cancer. They had a son. In April 2017, Bablu married Dr. Mehe Zebunnesa Rahman, a relative of HM Ershad.
The JP leader is survived by wife, a son and a host of relatives and well wishers to mourn his death.
He was buried at Martyrs Intellectuals Graveyard at Mirpur in city after his Namaz-e-Janaza at a mosque in Gulsan area after Isha prayers.