PM’s political adviser HT Imam passes away
His second namaz-e-janaza will be held at Dhaka’s Gulshan Azad Mosque after Asr prayers. HT Imam, the political affairs adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has passed away.
The 82-year-old breathed his last on Thursday at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.
He was pronounced dead at 1:15am, Awami League Office Secretary Biplab Barua said in a social media post.
His body will be taken to Sirajganj’s Ullapara upazila by helicopter around 9.30am on Thursday. The first namaz-e-janaza will be held at 11am at Ullapara Akbar Ali Government College ground, said Barua, who also serves as the special assistant to the prime minister.
After the namaz-e-janaza, the body will be brought back to Dhaka by helicopter and kept at the Central Shaheed Minar from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for public homage.
His second namaz-e-janaza will be held at Dhaka’s Gulshan Azad Mosque after Asr prayers.
Later, the Dhaka district administration will provide guard of honour to him at Banani Graveyard premises where he will be laid to rest, Barua added.
Imam, who was the cabinet secretary to the 1971 wartime government, was hospitalized with various age-related problems.
After the Awami League formed the government following the 2008 election, Imam was appointed as the public administration affairs adviser to the prime minister.
Following the 2014 elections, he was made the political affairs adviser to the prime minister.
Born on January 15 1939, Hossain Toufique Imam — popularly known as HT Imam — completed his under graduation in Economics from Rajshahi University. He went to the Dhaka University for his Master’s degree.
Imam, who holds a postgraduate degree in development administration from the London School of Economics, joined the Pakistan Civil Service in 1962.
President, PM condoles
Shortly after the news broke, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of HT Imam.
In a condolence message, the president said the role of HT Imam was very important in the Great Liberation War.
“He (Imam) has worked all his life to develop the spirit of the country’s independence and the Great War of Liberation. Besides, he played a leading role in running the government in the newly independent country,” he mentioned.
The head of the state said HT Imam as a government official also made important contribution to conducting the elections of Bangladesh Awami League in the national elections.
“At the death of HT Imam, Bangladesh Awami League lost a dedicated leader,” the president observed.
“The contribution of HT Imam to the administrative service will be remembered,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in her message.
He had performed with utmost dedication as cabinet secretary of the expatriate government during the Liberation War, she said.
The premier said that Imam had served the nation as her public administration affairs adviser from 2009 and as her political affairs adviser since 2014.