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Toab Khan laid to rest

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Toab Khan laid to rest
Journalists attend a namaz-e-janaza of veteran journalist Toab Khan on the National Press Club premises in the capital on Monday. —SUN PHOTO

Ekushey Padak-winning veteran journalist and Editor of the Dainik Bangla Toab Khan was laid to eternal rest at Banani graveyard in the capital on Monday.  

His body was first taken to the Dainik Bangla office, where his first namaz-e-janaza was held, at 10:00am. Later, the body was taken to Central Shaheed Minar, where he was given a guard of honour led by Dhaka Deputy Commissioner (DC) Shahidul Islam, around 11:30am. 

On behalf of the President his Assistant Military Secretary Jahangir Alam, on behalf of the Prime Minister her Assistant Military Secretary GM Rajib Ahmad and on behalf of Bangladesh Awami League its General Secretary Obaidul Quader paid tributes to Toab Khan by placing floral wreaths on his coffin.

Awami League Organising Secretary SM Kamal Hossain, Office Secretary Barrister Biplab Barua, Technical Affairs Secretary Abdus Sabur and Deputy Office Secretary Sayem Khan, among others, were present.

Besides, various organisations led by Shahriar Kabir, Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Bangabandhu Cultural Alliance, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Dhaka University Chhatra League, Sampriti Bangladesh and Bangladesh Recitation Coordinating Council also paid tributes to the eminent journalist.

His daughter Tania Khan, brother prominent journalist Abed Khan and nephew journalist Salim Khan, among other family members, were               present at Shaheed Minar at that time.

His body was taken to the National Press Club, where the second namaz-e-janaza was held, around 1:00pm.

Before the janaza, President of the press club Farida Yasmin said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of Toab Khan, a lifelong member of the club. It is painful to bid a final farewell to Toab Khan. We will never forget him.”

Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud said, “Toab Khan was a legend in the history of journalism in Bangladesh. He made a brave contribution to the liberation war in 1971. After the war, he worked as the press secretary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He also served as the chief information officer and was also the director general of PIB.”

“When Dainik Pakistan changed its name to Dainik Bangla, its first editor was Toab Khan. Today he left us serving as the editor of the daily. Many famous journalists of Bangladesh have been born at his hands” he added.

Farida Yasmin, Editor of Prothom Alo Motiur Rahman, Editor of Daily Jugantor Saiful Alam, Executive Editor of Daily Janakantha Kamrul Islam Khan and President of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Omar Farooq paid tributes to him on behalf of senior journalists.

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud, Education Minister Dipu Moni, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim and Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Zahid Tushar also paid tributes to Toab Khan.

After the janaza, Jatiya Press Club, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalist (DUJ), Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), Bangladesh Sub-Editor Council, Dainik Prothom Alo, Daily Dainik Kantha, Janakantha, Journalist Welfare Trust, Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra, Muktijoddha Journalist Forum, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and others paid their respects to the prominent journalist.

After that the body was taken to his residence in Gulshan. The third janaza was held at Gulshan Azad Masjid.

Before the third janaza, Toab Khan’s younger brother Obaidul Kabir Khan prayed for his forgiveness. Toab Khan was buried in his daughter Esha Khan’s grave at Banani graveyard.