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Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim no more

Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim no more

Former Health Minister and Bangladesh Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim died at Bangladesh Specialised Hospital on Saturday (Jun 13). He was 72. His son Tanvir Shakil Joy told media that his father breathed his last around 11:10 a.m.

He is survived by wife, three sons, a host of relatives and admirers.

On Friday night, an emergency meeting of a 12-member medical board was held through a videoconference after deterioration of his health condition. Nasim’s son was present at the meeting.

The medical board was formed on Monday.

The former minister underwent a successful surgery after his condition deteriorated on Jun 5 following a stroke while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

A day before that, his health condition improved and he was scheduled to be shifted to a cabin from ICU.

On Jun 1, Nasim was admitted to the hospital. Later at night, he was found coronavirus positive after testing sample. He also suffered a stroke in the early hours of Jun 5 while undergoing treatment at the hospital. But, four days later, Nasim was found coronavirus negative after testing samples for two times.

Nasim had been acting as the convenor for the 14-party ruling alliance built around the heft of Awami League.

Born on Apr 2, 1948, Mohammed Nasim served as the former Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Home Affairs of the government of Bangladesh respectively during 2014–2019 and 1999–2001. He was a six-term Jatiyo Sangsad member representing the Sirajganj-1 and Sirajganj-2 constituencies.

As an elected MP of the current parliament, he was the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food Ministry.

He set up several educational institutions in different areas, including in Dhaka and Sirajganj.

President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the death of Mohammd Nasim.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Road, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Law Minister Anisul Huq,Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam, Environment Minister Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Planning Minister M Mannan, Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Commerce Minister of Tipu Munshi, Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Textiles and Jute Minister Golam Dastagir Gazi, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmed, Railways minister Nurul Islam Sujon, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, among others, expressed shock at the death of Mohammad Nasim.

Besides, Speaker of Jatiyo Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Nasim.