Dhaka, Bangladesh
Sahara Khatun no more

Sahara Khatun no more

News Report Senior Awami League leader and former Home Minister Sahara Khatun has died. The 77-year-old breathed her last at the Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok at 11.30pm (Bangladesh time) on Thursday. Mojibur Rahman, assistant secretary to Sahara Khatun, confirmed this. Sahara was flown to Bangkok on July 6 for advanced medical treatment. Sahara Khatun was admitted to the hospital on June 2 with fever and some old age complications. Sahara Khatun was born in Kurmitola, Dhaka on March 1 in 1943. His father's name is Abdul Aziz while mother is Turzan Nesa. Sahara Khatun has been elected as Member of Parliament (MP) from Dhaka-18 constituency for three terms. She served as the home minister and later the post and telecommunication minister in the 2008 Sheikh Hasina-led cabinet. President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed profound shock at the death of veteran Awami League (AL) leader and former home minister Advocate Sahara Khatun MP. In a condolence message, the President said the death of Sahara Khatun is really an irreparable loss to the national politics of Bangladesh as she was a tested leader of Awami League at its tough time. The President recalled her outstanding contribution to Bangladesh politics with due respect. Being imbued with the immortal ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, AL senior leader Sahara Khatun in her whole life worked to promote the spirit of Liberation War and development of the country's democracy, Abdul Hamid said. "At her (Sahara) death, Bangladesh has lost a dedicated politician," the President observed. The head of the state prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family. In a condolence message on Thursday, the Prime Minister said Sahara Khatun dedicated her life for reestablishing democracy and realizing people's rights as a combatant of Bangabandhu's principle. Sahara Khatun always remained beside party's leaders and workers and provided all support including legal aid services during the crisis period, the prime minister said. "The country and nation have lost a competent and honest women leader while personally I have lost a tested and trusted co-fighter, Sheikh Hasina said. The prime minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the member of the bereaved family. Sahara Khatun died at a Bangkok hospital at the age of 77 on Thursday night.

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