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Ex-lawmaker Abbas Ali passes away, PM mourns

Former parliament member Abbas Ali Mandal passed away at a hospital in Dhaka early Tuesday.

Abbas, also ex-convener and general secretary of Joypurhat district Awami League (AL), breathed his last at 4.30 am at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital while undergoing treatment there.

He left behind two sons, three daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock and sorrow at the death of Abbas Ali Mandal.

In a message of condolence, she said, “Abbas Ali Mandal was a dedicated worker of the ideal of the Father of the Nation and pro-people political leader.”

Abbas served as the general secretary of the district AL till 1998 after 1975 and its convener 1998-2004.

He was elected as the Member of Parliament from Joypurhat-1 constituency in third national elections in 1986.

His younger son Arifur Rahman is currently serving as the president of district AL and the administrator of Zilla Parishad, Joypurhat.

Abbas was the father-in-law of Md Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, MP, the president of the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in the 11th National Parliament.