Freedom fighter diplomat Mohiuddin Ahmed passes away
Own Correspondent, Dhaka, June 21: Mohiuddin Ahmed, a retired foreign ministry secretary, former diplomat, columnist and organizer of the Great Liberation War, is no more. He breathed his last at his home in Uttara on Monday evening (Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji'un). He was 78.
Mohiuddin Ahmed was suffering from various diseases due to old age for a long time. He returned home from the hospital last Thursday.
During the war of liberation in 1971, Mohiuddin Ahmed, the first of the Bengali diplomats working in the Pakistani embassies in Europe, left the first party and took a stand for the independence of Bangladesh. He left the post of Second Secretary to the Second Secretary of the Pakistan High Commission in London in 1971 and worked full time for the liberation war in the United Kingdom under the leadership of Justice Abu Saeed Chowdhury.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep grief over the death of Mohiuddin Ahmed, the organizer of the Great Liberation War, former secretary, diplomat and eminent columnist.
In a condolence message, the Prime Minister said Mohiuddin Ahmed was the first of the Bengali diplomats working in the Pakistani embassies in Europe during the liberation war of 1971 to leave the first party and take a stand for the independence of Bangladesh.
He left the post of Second Secretary of the Pakistan High Commission in London in 1971 and worked full-time for the liberation war in the United Kingdom. The nation will always remember his contribution in the great war of liberation with respect.
The Prime Minister prayed for the forgiveness of the soul of the deceased and conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has also expressed deep grief over the demise of Mohiuddin Ahmed.
Recalling his long-standing good relations with Mohiuddin Ahmed, the Foreign Minister said, "Mohiuddin Bhai was a fearless freedom fighter of our liberation war."
He said Mohiuddin Ahmed's contribution in the liberation war was unforgettable. Mohiuddin Ahmed, in particular, gave up his government job at a pro-liberation rally in London's Trafalgar Square in 1971 and boldly announced his resignation from Pakistan, and was the first Bangladeshi diplomat in Europe to leave Pakistan.
The foreign minister said the country had lost an invaluable gem in the death of former diplomat Mohiuddin Ahmed.