CNI Desk: Veteran Awami League leader and former Health Minister Mohammed Nasim passed away at Bangladesh Specialised Hospital in the capital on Saturday.

“My father breathed his last at the hospital around 11:10am,” said Tanvir Shakil Joy, son of the noted leader.

Nasim, also spokesperson for the AL-led 14-party alliance, was 72 and was elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Sirajganj-1 constituency for fifth times.

President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, among others, expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Nasim, son of Captain Mansur Ali, one of the four national leaders and very close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“The death of Nasim is really an irreparable loss for the national politics of Bangladesh,” the President said in a condolence message.

Recalling his outstanding contribution to Bangladesh politics with due respect, the President said Mohammed Nasim was a fearless fighter in all the democratic movements of the country, including the freedom struggle and the War of Liberation.

“He was elected Member of Parliament for five times as he was very popular leader of the people,” Abdul Hamid said, adding that the name of Mohammed Nasim would be immortalised in the political history of the country.

The President said Mohammed Nasim would be remembered by the nation forever for his contribution to the promotion of the spirit of Liberation War and development of the country, democracy, party and people.

Bangladesh has lost a dedicated politician at the death of Nasim, the President observed.

The head of the state prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.

Born on April 2 in 1948, Mohammed Nasim served as Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Home Affairs during 2014–2019 and 1999–2001 periods respectively.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Nasim would be remembered for his service and efforts for the welfare of the country and the nation.

In a condolence message, the premier expressed deep shock and sorrow at the demise of AL presidium member and spokesperson for central 14-party alliance Mohammed Nasim, son of one of the four national leaders, Captain M Mansur Ali.

Sheikh Hasina, also the President of AL, recalled his contribution to people’s welfare, saying, “Mohammed Nasim like his father worked for the welfare of the country and the nation being inspired with the ideology of the Father of the Nation.”

He played a significant role in establishing the spirit of the Liberation War and the non-communal harmony in the country by facing all sorts of hurdle, she continued.

“At Mohammed Nasim’s death, Bangladesh has lost a true patriot and pro-people leader as well as I myself lost a co-warrior,” she added.

The prime minister prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury also expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Mohammed Nasim.

In a condolence message, the Speaker prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Leader of the Opposition Raushon Ershad and Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader also expressed deep shock at the death of Nasim.

Mohammed Nasim tested positive for coronavirus. But he was found coronavirus negative in the second and third test.

He also suffered a stroke and had undergone a successful surgery.

Ministers, politicians of various parties and civil society members also expressed profound shock at the death of Nasim.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Tajul Islam, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury, Planning Minister M Mannan, Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Commerce Minister 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 and Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim, among others, expressed shock at the death of Nasim.

Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah, Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury, Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam also offered condolence at the death of Nasim and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Political parties and organisations, including main opposition Jatiya Party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Krishak Sramik Janata League, Bangladesh Tariqat Federation, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesh National Awami Party, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad, Dhaka University Vice-chancellor M Akhteruzzaman, FBCCI president Sheikh Fazle Fahim, Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh President and science and technology affairs secretary of AL Abdus Sabur also offered condolence at the death of Nasim.

The Namaz-e-Janaza of the AL leader will be held at Banani Jame Mosque around 10:30am and he will be buried at his mother’s grave there, AL leaders said.

His body will be kept at the mortuary of the hospital at night and will not be taken to Sirajganj due to the coronavirus situation, they added.

Earlier on Friday night, an emergency meeting of a 12-member medical board was held through a videoconference after his health condition deteriorated.

Nasim’s son Joy was present at the meeting.

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

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