Condolences pour in
Condolences began pouring in after news of the death of Brac founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed broke.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at his death.
In separate condolence messages, they prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.
The president, in his condolence message, said Sir Fazle Abed contributed immensely to the country’s socio-economic development through establishing Brac.
“The nation will remember his contributions to the country’s development with due respect,” Abdul Hamid said.
In a condolence message, the PM said Sir Fazle Abed played an important role in realising support, raising funds, and creating public opinion in favour of Bangladesh’s Liberation War, reports BSS.
“He also worked for rebuilding the war-ravaged Bangladesh after independence,” Hasina said, adding that the nation suffered an irreparable loss by the death of a humanitarian like him.
Brac also remembered the life and impact of Sir Fazle Abed.
In a statement, Ameerah Haq, chair of Brac Global Board, said, “Unfaltering dedication, focus, and work ethic are what we have always experienced in Sir Fazle, or Abed Bhai, as the Brac family calls him lovingly. He always put others before himself and let his work speak for itself. Even when Brac attained its global stature, his concern and focus were on the less fortunate in society and those whose potential needed nurturing. He embodied the highest level of integrity, humility and humanity, which continues to be the essential guiding spirit of Brac.”
Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Agriculture
Minister Abdur Razzaque, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Planning Minister MA Mannan, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, and State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid expressed their condolences.
Several socio-cultural organisations and distinguished personalities, including Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman, also expressed deep condolences over his death.
Social media was inundated with messages of grief and condolences.