Abdur Rahman Biswas passes away
Former President Abdur Rahman Biswas has died at 91.
His son Mahmudul Hasan Biswas said his father passed away in Dhaka on Friday evening after suffering from old-age complications.
He said they took the former president to the United Hospital when he fell ill in the evening. "But the doctors pronounced him brought dead," he added.
An official at the hospital said that the former President was brought there at around 8:30pm. "He died before he was brought here."
Abdur Rahman served asPresident from 1991 to 1996 during the BNP's tenure with Khaleda Zia as prime minister. President Md Abdul Hamid has condoled his passing.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda has also expressed sorrow over the death.
Born in Barisal on Sept 1, 1926, Abdur Rahman Biswas graduated from the Dhaka University's history department. He also received a postgraduate degree and completed LLB from the university.
Beginning his career as chairman of a local cooperative bank, he got formal recognition by the government as a 'veteran social worker' in 1958 for his contribution to cooperative movement and socio-economic activities.
He was elected member of the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly in 1962 and again in 1965.
He worked as parliamentary secretary of East Pakistan from 1965 to 1969, and took part in the 22nd session of the UN General Assembly in 1967.
He was elected president of the Barisal Bar Association twice and chairman of Barisal Municipality in the 70s. He was elected MP in the 1979 general election.
The politician served as jute minister during BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's tenure and as health minister when Abdus Sattar was President.
He was elected MP again in February 1991 when the BNP formed government.
He was elected speaker of parliament in April the same year and eventually President on Oct 8 that year.