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Hamidullah passes away

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Commander of sector 11 in the War of Independence, Hamidullah Khan Bir Pratik died on Friday at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka. He was 74.

As the news spread in the city, his fellow war heroes, colleagues in the military and friends in social work

rushed to his Dhaka Cantonment house to have a glimpse of his body and pay tributes to him who was also a former lawmaker for three times and independence war affairs secretary of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party central committee.

His daughter-in-law Raiqah Wali Khan said Hamidullah felt severe pain in the chest in the morning and was immediately taken to hospital and admitted there. Doctors said he had suffered a massive cardiac arrest in sleep and pronounced him dead at around 2:30pm, she added.

The body was taken home in the evening. Acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, civil aviation and tourism minister Faruk Khan, BNP vice-chairmen Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Altaf Hossain Chowdhury visited Hamidullah’s house to console the bereaved family members.

Hamidullah is survived by two sons — Tarique Hamid Khan and Murad Hamid Khan.

His first namaz-e-janaza was held at Dhaka Cantonment at night and the body was kept at the CMH mortuary.

The second janaza will be held at Allahu Mosque at Dhaka Cantonment at 10:00am today and then the coffin will be taken to BNP’s central office at Naya Paltan for second janaza at 11:30am while the third janaza will be held on the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad at 2:30pm.

He will be buried beside his wife Rabeya Sultana Khan at Banani graveyard after his youngest son Murad reaches Dhaka from Japan on the day.

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a message expressed deep shock at the death of Hamidullah Khan and sought divine blessings for his departed soul.

Hamidullah led the sector 11 of Bangladesh forces during the liberation war. An Air Force officer, he successfully led 22,800 freedom fighters under his command since November 2, 1971 till the country was liberated. He was one of the principal participants during the creation of the Bangladesh Forces in the historic Bangladesh Sector Commanders Conference 1971.

After independence, Hamidullah served the Bangladesh Air Force until his early retirement from service in early 1979 as wing commander. He joined politics, contested the Jatiya Sangsad elections and was elected lawmaker for three times in 1979, 1991 and 1996 from Louhaganj-Shirajdi Khan constituency. He was also nominated for Dhaka 15 constituency in the 2008 election.  

Born on September 11, 1938 to Muhammad Dabiruddin Khan and Jasimunnesa Khan in village Medinimandal of Louhajang in Munshiganj, Hamidullah spent his adolescence in Dhaka and enrolled in Jagannath College in 1954.

After completion of senior secondary school in 1956, he pursued his studies at the same college for the bachelors.  Hamidullah joined the Pakistan Air Force Academy as flight cadet in 1959.

Hamidullah led Bangladesh delegation in UN General Assembly in 1979, was member on the parliamentary standing committees on defence and home ministries and the estimates committee.  He also served as the convener of Muktijoddha Kalyan Trust and member of the Dhaka University Senate.

He authored a number of books on the history of the creation of Bangladesh Forces.

Dhaka City Corporation had renamed the Road 23 of Banani after him.



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