Annisul laid to rest at Banani graveyard

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Dhaka, December 02: Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq was laid to rest at Banani graveyard on Saturday evening.

He was buried in his son Sharaf Huq’s grave at the grave yard after the second namaz-e-janaza at Army Stadium.

At the janaza, Annisul’s eldest son Navidul Huq apologised to people on behlaf of his late fatehr if he had done anything wrong to anyone. He also said the qulkhwani of the late mayor would be held on December 6 at Gulshan Azad mosque.

Before the janaza, cross section of people are paying their last respects to Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Annisul Huq, who passed away at a London hospital on Thursday while undergoing treatment, at the Army Stadium on Saturday afternoon, reports United News of Bangladesh.

The body was taken to the stadium from his Banani residence around 3:15pm.

President’s military secretary Major General Md Sarwar Hossain first placed a wreath at the coffin of Annisul Huq on behalf of president Abdul Hamid while prime minister’s military secretary Major General Mia Md Jainul Abedin showed respects to him on behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina placing another wreath at the coffin.

Sergeant of Arms Captain Mostak Ahmed placed a wreath on behalf of speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury while leader of the opposition in parliament Raushon Ershad also paid her respects to him.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, flanked by agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, presidium member Faruk Khan and joint secretary general Mahbubul-Alam Hanif, placed a wreath on behalf of the ruling party.

Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon and BGMEA president Siddiqur Rahman placed wreaths at the coffin.

Besides, Navidul Huq, son of Annisul Huq, paid tributes to the mayor on behalf of their family members.

Later, people from all strata of life started paying their last respects to the mayor.

His first janaza was held at Regent Park Mosque in London after Juma prayers on Friday.

Earlier, a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the mortal remains of the mayor landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here around 12:45pm.

Annisul’s younger brother and chief of army staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq received the body at the airport. From the airport, the body was taken straight to his Banani residence.

Annisul, also a successful businessman and popular television programme host, breathed his last at the Wellington Hospital in London on Thursday at the age of 66.

He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis after he was admitted to the hospital on August 13.

Later, he was given treatment at the intensive care unit of the hospital for long.

Annisul flew to London in the last week of July on a personal tour.

Meanwhile, prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited the residence of Annisul Huq to console his family members.

She went to the residence around 1:45pm and stayed there for some time.

Sheikh Hasina consoled the family members and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Born on October 27 in 1952, Annisul completed his Bachelor degree from Rajshahi University and Masters in Economics from Chittagong University.

Annisul was elected DNCC mayor on Awami League ticket in April 2015. He had vowed to build a green and clean city and started working to this end.

He served as the President of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for two consecutive terms in 2005 and 2006.

Annisul served as the President of the Federation of the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the apex trade body of the country, from 2008 to 2010 and was the founding president of Bangladesh Independent Power Producers’ Association (BIPPA) from June 1 to November 30, 2015. He is the former president of Saarc Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Annisul established his own business entity in 1986 and was the chairperson of nine export-oriented organisations under the trade name of ‘Mohammadi Group’.

Annisul hosted many interviews with politically significant personalities, including one with the current Prime minister live on national television. He hosted interviews that influenced national elections in forming government.

He hosted high-level business discussion programmes on television in which he interviewed both political and business personalities, including finance and commerce ministers.