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Former Finance Minister AMA Muhith passes away

Update : 30 Apr 2022, 15:07

Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, the former finance minister died at a hospital here in the early hours of today. He was 88.

He breathed his last at United Hospital at 12:56am on Saturday, the foreign ministry said in a statement. His younger brother AK Abdul Momen is foreign minister.

Muhith was an economist, diplomat, language veteran and freedom fighter.  He was also one of the country's longest serving finance ministers and the person who propelled the country's economy to a newer height under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President M Abdul Hamid today expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith.
 
Muhith was born on January 25 in 1934, to a Bengali Muslim political family in Sylhet. His father, Abu Ahmad Abdul Hafiz, was a judge.

He joined civil service in 1956 after a bright academic life. He held important positions in the public service and was the first diplomat of the Pakistan embassy in Washington who defected to Bangladesh during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Muhith was appointed as the secretary of planning in January 1972 and secretary of the External Resources Division of the Finance and Planning Ministry in May 1977.

Muhith was finance and planning minister from March 1982 to December 1983. Next, he worked as the specialist of different institutions of World Bank and the United Nations.
 
He joined Awami League in 2001. He placed the national budget for a record 12 times. During his tenure as the finance minister, Bangladesh witnessed a sound macroeconomic management with significant increase in budget size, steady growth and inflation in control. Muhith retired from the government and from his role as Member of Parliament for Sylhet-1 constituency at the elections of December 2018. His younger brother AK Abdul Momen succeeded him as MP.

A former member of the Awami League’s Advisory Council, Muhith had been sick for quite some time. He was hospitalised for fatigue in the first week of March. After his condition improved, he returned home to Banani.

The first namaj-e-janaza of former Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was held in city's Gulshan Azad mosque at 11:05am today.

Foreign Minister and Muhith's brother Dr AK Abdul Momen, Planning Minister MA Mannan, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid, former Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, former Chief Whip ASM Firoze, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General (DG) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun, Muhith's son Shahed Muhith, and people from all walks of life took part in the janaza.

Family sources said Muhith's body will be kept at the central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka later in the day so that the people could pay their last tributes to him. 

Afterwards, he will be taken to Sylhet and buried at his family graveyard in Raynagar.

 

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