Ekushey Padak winning veteran journalist and Editor of the Dainik Bangla Toab Khan passed away on Saturday while undergoing treatment at a city hospital.
He breathed his last at 12:30pm at United Hospital at the age of 88.
In 1964, he joined the Dainik Pakistan which was renamed as Dainik Bangla after the independence of the country in 1971 and became its editor.
During the Liberation War, he worked with Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. His programme styled 'Pindir Prolap' drew the attention of audiences of all ages.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the noted journalist.
They also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
In a message of condolence, the President recalled the outstanding contribution of Toab Khan in the field of journalism.
In a message of condolence, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is now in Washington, DC, said, "The lifelong fighter and dignified journalist will be remembered through his works."
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 career, the veteran journalist later shouldered the responsibilities of the Dainik Bangla as its editor, principal information officer and director general of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) and in other media outlets, including the Dainik Janakantha with patriotism and dedication.
She also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Born on April 24, 1934, in Satkhira, he was the former press secretary to the then Prime Minister and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman between 1973 and 1975.
Toab Khan also served as chief information officer and director general of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB).
He was the advisory editor of Daily Janakantha till last October from its inception. Later, he joined as the editor of Dainik Bangla after it was published under a new shape and management. He left behind his wife, a daughter, and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
Relatives said that a decision regarding his burial would be taken after his only daughter Tania Khan’s return from the USA.
His body has been kept at the mortuary of the hospital.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Deputy Speaker Shamsul Haque Tuku, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, and Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, among others, also condoled the death.
Jatiya Press Club and Dhaka Reporters Unity also expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death.
Toab Khan's younger brother, Obaidul Kabir, said that his brother would be laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in the city on Monday following his namaz-e-janaza after Asr prayers at Gulshan Azad Masjid.
He said his only daughter, Tania Khan, will reach Dhaka from the USA on Sunday so that she can have the last glimpse of her father.
The body of Toab Khan will be taken to the offices of Dainik Bangla and News Bangla in the city's Tejgaon at 10:00 am, where his first namaz-e-janaza will be held.
Later, the body will be kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm under the management of the Sammilita Sangskritik Jote so that people from all strata can pay their last tributes to him.
The body will be kept at the National Press Club from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm and the second namaz-e-janaza will be held there.
Then the body will be taken from the National Press Club to the deceased's residence in Gulshan.