Ansar Ahmed Ullah:
Outstanding senior journalist, acclaimed author of Bangla Academy Award winner, freedom fighter, UK Nirmul Committee’s Honourable President, Ishaque Kazal’s funeral was held on 12 February, who died on 7 February at Romford’s Queens Hospital. He had been ill for a while and was undergoing treatment. He was born on 28 February 1948 in the village of Brahmanushar, Kamalganj upazilla of Moulvibazar. He received his primary education from Patanusha Boys Primary School, secondary from Krishnachandra High School and graduated from Madan Mohan College in Sylhet.
Journalist, researcher, author Ishaque Kazal was a well-known politician in his hometown. He had led the movement for the demand of the workers in greater Sylhet. Ishaque Kazal participated in every movement including the movement to free Bangladesh. In 1971, the freedom fighter spent nine months in the battlefield to liberate his country. In the aftermath of the war, Ishaque Kazal realized that freedom had come but the liberation of working class had not come.
Following the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Ishaque Kazal had to go into hiding for a long time. As a result, he lost his teaching job. Later, Ishaque Kazal joined the Bangladesh Workers’ Party in the hope of liberating the working class people from the clutches of capitalism.
He was imprisoned during the rule of military dictator Ziaur Rahman. Due to his involvement in the anti-Ershad movement, he had to flee to Kuwait for four years after facing multiple cases.
At the time of his death, he was 72 years old. He had been living in the UK for the last twenty years and leaves behind his wife, son, three daughter, grandchildren, relatives and colleagues in the political and journalistic circle. Many were saddened by the passing of Ishaque Kazal, but special thoughts are for his family at this time. He will be missed for his commitment to social justice and his humanity.
His funeral was held at the historical Brick Lane Mosque attended by many of his journalist colleagues, freedom fighters & family members. Freedom fighters led by Abu Musa Hasan paid their last respect. While Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury, Minister (Press) at the Bangladesh High Commission read out Condolence message from the High Commissioner Saida Muna Tasneem and handed it over to Ishaque Kazal’s son Akash Ishaque. Following his funeral, he was buried in the Garden of Peace cemetery in Hainault.
Photos Khalid Hussain