Former information minister M Shamsul Islam. File photo
Dhaka, Apr 26 (UNB) - Former Information Minister M Shamsul Islam died at a city hospital on Thursday. He was 87.
Shamsul Islam, also a former BNP standing committee member, breathed his last at United Hospital at 1:40 pm, said his personal secretary Kamrul Hasan.
He said the former minister had been receiving treatment at the hospital for various old-age complications since April 17.
He is survived by two sons and a host of relatives and admires to mourn his death.
The BNP leader’s first namaz-e-janaza was held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Magrib prayers, and then his body was kept at United Hospital mortuary.
Shamsul Islam’s second janaza will be held at 9am on Friday at the South Plaza of Parliament Complex, while the third one in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office at 10.am.
From Nayapaltan, his body will be taken to his village home in Munshiganj.
He will be buried at his family graveyard at Tinsuri in Sadar Upazila following his fourth janaza there after Jum’a prayers.
Born on January 1, 1932, Islam joined BNP’s politics right after its formation. He was appointed Bangles High Commissioner to Indonesia in 1979.
He was elected MP thrice with BNP’s tickets in 1991, 1996 and 2001 from his home constituency.
When BNP formed government in 1991, he was first made state minister for post and telecommunications and then food minister.
Later, he performed as both the food and the information minister from 1993 to 1996.
He was first made land minister during BNP’s rule in 2001 and later given the charge of the Information Ministry.