Md Anwar Hossain, father of Ashraful Alam Khokan, deputy press secretary to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, passed away yesterday at his village home in Kapashia, Gazipur. He was 79.
"My father died of cardiac arrest at 9:40am," Khokan told The Daily Star.
Anwar left behind his two sons, two daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn him.
He was laid to eternal rest at his family graveyard at Ekdala village in Kapashia, following his namaz-e-janaza at Taraganj Bazar after Asr prayers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul and expressed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
Meanwhile, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, among other ministers and leaders of different political parties and organisations expressed condolence at the demise of Anwar Hossain.