Ansar Ahmad Ullah:
On December 2, A memorial meeting organised by the UK Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, was held on 2 December at a College in Commercial Road, East London on the occasion of the 5th death anniversary of Bangladesh’s noble friend Barrister Nora Shariff.
The Bangladesh High Commission to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem was present as the chief guest while, the Deputy High Commissioner Zulqar Nain was present as the special guest in the function conducted by Nirmul Committee’s General Secretary Jamal Ahmed Khan and chaired by Nirmul Committee’s President Nooruddin Ahmed. The president of the United Kingdom Awami League Sultan Mahmud Shariff and journalist columnist Abdul Gaffar Choudhury were present as chief speakers.
Maulana Kutub Uddin recited from the Quran at the beginning of the ceremony. Then Jamal Khan presented a brief life sketch of Barrister Nora Shariff. He said Barrister Nora Shariff was Irish, born in Ireland’s capital Dublin. Nora Shariff graduated as a linguist from Dublin, then went to study agriculture in France. From there she come to London and met Sultan Shariff, during the six-point movement.
Nora Shariff married Sultan Mahmud Shariff on 30 September 1968. Following Bangladesh’s’ independence Nora Shariff spent three years in Bangladesh, as a teacher in the law department of Dhaka University. Nora Shariff used to wear sari as a Bengali woman. She knew Latin language and was fluent in Irish, English, Bengali, French and Italian also. She always spoke to Bengalis in Bengali. In 1971, of our foreign friends who stood beside Bangladesh to contribute and participated in the liberation war were honoured by the Bangladesh government. Nora Shariff was awarded ‘Friend of Liberation War Honour’ in 2012.
Chief guest newly appointed Bangladesh’s High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem, proposed to set up a Foundation in London so that future generation would know more about Nora Shariff. Chief speaker journalist Abdul Gaffar Choudhury said that Nora Shariff helped to send a lawyer to assist Bangabandhu in the Agartala conspiracy case and did a lot of work towards war crimes trial.
Others who spoke at the event were Razia and Fauzia, two daughters of Sultan Mahmud Shariff and Nora Shariff, Acting General Secretary of the United Kingdom Awami League Naimuddin Riaz, Vice President Zalal Uddin, Organizing Secretary Abdul Ahad Chowdhury, Sajjad Miah, Husneara Matin, Anjuman Aara Anju, Khaleda Qureshi , Sajia Snigdha, freedom fighter Khalil Kazi, freedom fighter Lukman Hossain, Ruby Haque, Bengali TV’s Samadul Haque, Urmi Mazhar, JASOD’s Mojibul Haque Moni, Majumder Ali, Poet Nazrul, Ehsan, Shahin Akhtar, Nazma Hussein, Nasima Rahim, Shahin Nahar, Salma Akhtar, Rozi, Shahnaz Sumi, Mita Kamran, Munira Molly, Miftat Noor, Mahmuda Moni , Pushpita Gupta, Salma Akhter Josna, Jennifer and Smriti Azad. People of all levels of the community were present at the event.
Nora Shariff passed away on 29 December 2013 at the age of 70 years.