The first namaz-e-janaza of Awami League (AL) leader Syed Ashraful Islam, was held on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban’s south plaza at 10.30am today. A guard of honour was given to him there.
President Abdul Hamis attended at the janaza.
He will be laid to eternal rest after Asr prayers today at Banani graveyard in Dhaka.
The body will later be taken by a helicopter to Kishoreganj, from where he was elected member of parliament (MP) five times.
His second namaz-e-janaza will be held at historic Sholakia Eidgah Maidan in the district town at 12noon. His third namaz-e-janaza will be held at Mymensingh Anjuman Eidgah ground at 2pm.
His body arrived at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 5.55pm on Saturday by a flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
The body of the veteran AL leader was then taken to his official residence on Bailey road. Relatives and well-wishers, party leaders and workers, officials and employees of the Public Administration Ministry thronged his residence to have last glimpse of their loving leader.
The body was later kept at the mortuary of the Combined Military Hospital (CMH).
He died at the Bangkok hospital aged 68 after undergoing treatment for lung cancer for long. He is survived by a daughter. His wife Shila Islam died in London on October 2 last.
Syed Ashraf was born in Mymensingh in 1952. His father Syed Nazrul Islam was acting President of Mujibnagar Government in 1971 and one of the key figures of Bangladesh independence struggle.