Thursday, 7 July, 2022

Faruq Choudhury’s death anniv today

The 5th death anniversary of former foreign secretary and one of the most prominent diplomats of the country Faruq Ahmed Choudhury will be observed today.

Different socio-cultural organisations will recall the contributions of the late diplomat organising a number of programmes.

Dhakabasi, an organisation of the dwellers of Dhaka, will place wreaths on the grave of Faruq Choudhury at Azimpur Graveyard in the capital. The organisation will also distribute clothes among underprivileged people on the occasion.

Born in 1934, he entered the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1956 and later went on to hold various positions in the Pakistan Foreign Office and Missions abroad.

He was in charge of Pakistan Foreign Office in Dhaka during the 1971 Liberation War and worked as one of the policymakers in diplomatic arena in support of Bangladesh’s independence.

Faruq Choudhury went to New Delhi to receive the father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman after he was freed from Pakistan jail. After the independence, he was appointed the first Chief of Protocol of Bangladesh in 1972.

He served as deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh in London, ambassador to the UAE, Bahrain, the EEC and Benelux countries and high commissioner to India.

He was the chief coordinator of the 13th OIC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Dhaka in 1983.

Faruq Choudhury became foreign secretary in 1984 and served for two years.

After retirement in 1992, he came out with another revelation of his genius as an outstanding columnist and writer. He authored a total of eleven books and obtained Bangla Academy Literary Award.

He became a member of the Awami League Advisory Council in 2002 and served the party till his death.