Dhaka::Moudud Ahmed served as a prime minister, deputy prime minister, vice-president and minister of the country.
His political career started when he worked as a lawyer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for the Agartala Conspiracy Case trial.
But his political career ended up as one of the top BNP leaders. He was a standing committee member of the party.
The veteran parliamentarian assisted Bangbandhu, BNP founder and late president Ziaur Rahman, and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad. He landed in jail during every regime.
The seasoned politician was elected lawmakers from Noakhali five times. He first became an MP in 1979.
Moudud, an eminent barrister by profession, breathed his last at 6:30pm at Singapore Mount Elizabeth Hospital where he was undergoing treatment since February 2, confirmed his colleague and BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Born in Noakhali on May 24, 1940, Moudud completed his BA and MA in political science from Dhaka University. In 1966, he was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. He was a fellow of Heidelberg University and Harvard University.
The 80-year-old veteran politician and lawyer was suffering from various old-age complications.
On December 30 last year, Moudud was admitted to Evercare Hospital in Dhaka as he had fallen ill due to low level of haemoglobin.
He also suffered a mild stroke while undergoing treatment at the hospital. On January 7, a permanent pacemaker was implanted in his heart.
Apart from his political life, Moudud also penned a number of books containing politics and legal aspects.
Moudud returned home after completing his bar at law and joined the legal team of Bangabandhu for the Agartala Conspiracy Case trial in 1968. He also accompanied Bangabandhu in the roundtable conference in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi.
During the Liberation War, he took part in the provisional government of Bangladesh in Kolkata.
After the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975, Moudud changed his political party by joining as an adviser to General Ziaur Rahman-led government. He then became the deputy prime minister.
He saw politics of Bangladesh from almost all the angles. His books on the post-independence era of Bangladesh were said to be some of the best historical narratives.
The smiling Moudud speaks in a soft tone always.
He was criticised from various quarters for amending the constitution of extending the retirement age of the Supreme Court chief justice as this move allowed a former chief justice, who was close to the BNP government, to take over as the head of the next caretaker government.
After president Ziaur Rahman was assassinated in 1981, Moudud joined the newly formed Jatiya Party and became the prime minister in 1986 and then the vice-president of the country.
After the fall of autocratic ruler Ershad, he returned to the BNP. In 2001, he became the minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs.
When the army-backed caretaker government took power in 2007, Moudud was arrested with other politicians. He was behind bars for more than a year.
Moudud married Hasna Moudud, a daughter of famous poet Jasim Uddin.
He left behind his wife, a daughter and a host of relatives to mourn his death.
President Abdul Hamid expressed deep shock at the death of Moudud.
Besides, political party leaders and eminent personalities expressed condolence at his demise.
BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman and Secretary General Fakhrul Islam, Ruling Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader are among them.
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