14th death anniversary of Abdus Samad Azad today
Published: 01:48 PM, 27 April 2019
Abdus Samad Azad
The 14th death anniversary of Abdus Samad Azad, a close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and one of the organizers of Liberation War, is observing on Saturday with due respect.
Local Awami League, organizing body and Abdus Samad Azad Memorial Parliament have announced various programs on the occasion of his death anniversary.
Meanwhile, on the occasion of the anniversary of the death of the late national leader, Jagannathpur Upazila Awami League and its organizing body organized a discussion meeting and doa mahfil at the party’s office. Upazila Awami League General Secretary Rezaul Karim Rizu said this information.
On the other hand, Abdus Samad Azad Memorial Parliament has organized doa mahfil and milad at various mosques of the upazila. Jaydeep Sutradhar Birendra, Upazila Awami League Organizing Secretary and Secretary (Acting) of Abdus Samad Azad Memorial Parliament said this information.
Azad was born on January 15, 1922 in Bhurakhali village, Jagannathpur Upazila, Sunamganj District.
He was elected to the East Pakistan Provincial Assembly in 1954 as a candidate of the United Front. In 1954, he joined the Awami League. He served as the league’s labor secretary. He left the league in 1957 with other leftist politicians led by Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani.
When independence for Bangladesh was achieved in 1971, Azad became its first foreign minister, within the Mujibur Rahman government. He served in that position until 1973 and then became agriculture minister. He was replaced by Kamal Hossain as the foreign minister.
In 1996, when the Awami League came back to power under Sheikh Hasina, Azad was appointed as the foreign minister again. He served in that position until 2001 when the Awami League lost the election. He was elected to Jatiya Sangsad in 1991, 1996 and 2001.