Deputy Speaker Advocate Md Fazle Rabbi Miah, MP, has passed away in New York while undergoing treatment there.
His first Namaz-e-Janaza will be held after Zohr prayers on Saturday (23 July) at Jamaica Muslim Center, New York, according to Bangladesh Consulate General in New York.
The 76-year-old valiant freedom fighter fought against the Pakistan Army in Sector 11 during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
Fazle Rabbi, a lawmaker from Gaibandha-5, left behind his three daughters, a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
Begum Munnujan Sufian, state minister for labour and employment, as expressed deep sorrow and grief at the demise of the deputy speaker.
She also prayed for the eternal salvation of the departed soul.
Besides, Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed profound shock and sorrow at Fazle Rabbi Miah's death.
She prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
His wife Anwara Rabbi passed away in May, 2020.
Nazmul Hasan, acting Consul General at Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York quoting Deputy Speaker's APS told media that the deputy speaker breathed his last (22 July 2022) at 3:55pm (NY Time) at Mt Sinai Hospital, New York.
"We are in touch with his family members and relatives in New York," he said, adding that necessary formalities need to be completed to repatriate his remains.
Nazmul said they are expecting all documents to be ready by noon tomorrow (24 July) and to get a flight in the evening.
He was a reputed organiser and contributed much in creating public opinion in favour of the Liberation War abroad.
Advocate Fazle Rabbi was born on April 16 in 1946 and was the founding Secretary of Gaibandha Law College from 1979 to 86.
He was also an elected Secretary of Gaibandha BAR from 1978-79.
Advocate Fazle Rabbi was Chairperson of Bangladesh Association for Voluntary Sterilization (BAVS), Gaibandha from 1980 to 81.
He founded a good number of schools, colleges and madrasas in his own constituency.
PM Hasina condoles death of Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today expressed deep shock and sorrow at the lawmaker's death.
In a condolence message, Sheikh Hasina said, Fazle Rabbi Miah will be remembered for his outstanding role in parliamentary democracy.
He was actively involved in historical events like the movement against Ayub Khan-government and the anti-education commission movement in 1962.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina prayed for the salvation of the departed soul and conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.