Bangladesh Awami League (AL), its front and associate organizations paid rich tributes to former AL General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam by placing wreaths at his grave at Banani here this morning marking his first death anniversary, reports BSS.
At first, AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader paid glowing tributes to Syed Ashraf, a son of Bangabandhu’s close associate Syed Nazrul Islam, by placing a wreath at his grave on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of Bangladesh Awami League. Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Quader also placed another wreath on behalf of AL at the grave of Ashraf on the occasion.
Party’s Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Cultural Affairs Secretary Asim Kumar Ukil, Information and Research Secretary Dr Selim Mahmud, Education and Human Resources Secretary Shamsun Nahar Chapa, Agriculture and Cooperative Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laili and Central Working Committee members Riazul Kabir Kawsar and Marufa Akhter Poppy, accompanied the AL General Secretary during the time.
Later, leaders and activists of Dhaka North and South units of AL, Jubo League, Chhatra League, Chechhasebak League, Krishak League, Mohila Awami League, Jubo Mahila League and Syed Ashraf Smrity Parishad placed wreaths separately on the grave of the late AL leader.
During the time, Kishoreganj-1 constituency lawmaker Dr Syeda Zakia Noor, the younger sister of Syed Ashraful Islam, offered Doa seeking divine blessings for eternal peace of the departed soul of her late brother.
Ashraf was elected as a MP from the Constituency for fifth consecutive term in December 30 polls. But he died on the day (January 3, 2019) at the age of 68 when other elected MPs of 11th Jatiya Sangsad took oath.
He was born in Mymensingh in 1952. His father Syed Nazrul Islam was acting President of Mujibnagar Government in 1971 and one of the key organisers of Bangladesh independence struggle.
Ashraf took part in the 1971 Liberation War, while he was an active freedom fighter who was trained in Dehradun in India.
He was also engaged in various social activities.