Dr SA Samad passes away
Former principal secretary to the prime minister and freedom fighter Dr SA Samad, who subsequently served as chairman of the then Board of Investment (BOI), died at his Baridhara residence yesterday. He was 79.
A close relative told the news agency Samad, a life-long bachelor, died a day after he was released from a city hospital receiving treatment for brain complications.
A career civil servant Samad previously served as a faculty of Dhaka University's economics department.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Bangabandhu's private secretary Dr Syed Abdus Samad.
"He [Samad] was an honest, skilled, courageous and sincere government official," premier's press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted the PM as saying.
Sheikh Hasina also pointed out Samad's role during 1971 Liberation War recalling that he joined the Mujibnagar Government severing links with Pakistan.