Zillur Rahman’s death anniversary observed

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Quader said Zillur Rahman had run the party during the crisis by uniting the leaders and activities

The seventh death anniversary of former President Zillur Rahman, a veteran politician, a Language Movement hero, an organizer of the Liberation War and one of the close associates of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was observed on Friday.

On behalf of Awami League, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader paid homage at the grave of Zillur Rahman at Banani graveyard in Dhaka, reports BSS.

Recalling the contribution of former President Zillur Rahman to the country and its politics, the Obaidul Quader said he (Zillur Rahman) was a renowned and courageous political leader, who had played a significant role in the country’s Liberation War.

He said the former president was a close associate of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“Late Zillur Rahman, as a courageous political leader, had played a crucial role during the crisis period of the party (Bangladesh Awami League),” he added.

Quader said Zillur Rahman had run the party during the crisis by uniting the leaders and activities.

He said the courageous role that Zillur Rahman had played when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was in jail is unforgettable. 

The former president died of old-age complications at a Singapore hospital on March 20, 2013.

He started his political career as a volunteer of Awami League and was inducted as the 19th president of the country on February 12, 2009. Zillur Rahman discharged his responsibilities as the general secretary of Awami League for 12 years in five terms.

Born in 1929 at a renowned Muslim Family of Bhairab upazila in Kishoreganj, Zillur was elected from Bhairab-Kuliarchar seat for six different terms. Before becoming the President in 2009, he was the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister and the Deputy Leader in Parliament.