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Syed Ashraf’s body at Jaitya Sangsad Bhaban

Staff CorrespondentDaily-Bangladesh.com
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The body of eminent Awami League (AL) leader Syed Ashraful Islam was taken to the Jaitya Sangsad Bhaban from the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital on Sunday morning.

His first namaj-e-janaza will be held at the South Plaza of the Jaitya Sangsad at 10:30 am on Sunday. He will be given a guard of honour there.

Later, Ashraf’s body will be taken to his home district Kishoreganj by a helicopter where his second janaza will be held at Sholakia Eidgaon Maidan at 12 noon. Then his body will be taken to Mymensingh where another janaza will be held at Anjuman Eidgah at 2:00 pm.

The mortal remains will be flown back to the capital from Mymensingh and the Awami League leader will be laid to eternal rest at Banani Graveyard after Asr prayers.

Syed Ashraf died of lung cancer at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, around 9:45 pm on Thursday at the age of 67.

His body was brought back home on Saturday. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying his body landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 6 pm. From the airport, the body was taken to his Bailey Road official residence and it was later kept at the CMH for Saturday night.

Syed Ashraf, son of the national leader and Bangabandhu’s close associate Syed Nazrul Islam, was elected MP from Kishoreganj-1 constituency five times - 1996, 2001, 2008, 2014 and 2018. In Sunday’s election, the AL leader came out successful from the parliamentary seat.

He, however, could not take oath on Thursday when all the Awami League MPs were sworn in. The AL leader submitted a letter to the Speaker on the day seeking time for taking the oath.

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