Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad passes away
Jatiya Party Chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad, who had been on life support for the last 10 days, passed away on Sunday morning (Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun). He was 89.
Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, breathed his last around 7:45am at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital.
Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) director Lt Col Abdullah Ibn Zayed confirmed media.
The former military ruler had long been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin, liver problem and high bilirubin. He was admitted to the CMH on June 26 and was kept at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
In the last eight months, Ershad had received treatment at both home and aboard.
Ershad's first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Dhaka Cantonment Central Mosque after Zohr prayer today.
UNB adds: The JaPa chief had captured power in 1982 when he was the army chief and declared himself the President the next year. He, later, formed the Jatiya Party and won the controversial election of 1986.
The military dictator was ousted through a mass uprising in the early '90s.