Ex-foreign secretary Faruk Ahmed Choudhury buried

DHAKA, May 17, 2017 (BSS)- Former Foreign Secretary and diplomat Faruk Ahmed Choudhury was laid to rest at Azimpur graveyard in the capital this evening.

Family sources said that the body of Faruk Ahmed Choudhury was taken to his workplace at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after Johar prayer. His first namaj-e-janaza was held there.

His second namaj-e-janaza was held at Baitul Aman Jame mosque at Dhanmondi after Asar prayer. Then his body was taken to Azimpur graveyard and buried there.

He breathed his last at about 4.30am at city's Square Hospital at the age of 83. He was suffering from old-age complications coincided with heart and kidney related ailments.

He is survived by wife, one daughter, one son and a host of relatives, admirers and well-wishers.

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Faruk Ahmed Chaudhury. In separate messages, they conveyed sympathy to his bereaved family members.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam also expressed deep shock at the death of former diplomat Faruk Chaudhury.

Born in 1934, Faruk A Choudhury entered the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1956 and subsequently held various appointments in the Pakistan Foreign Office and Missions abroad.

Upon the emergence of Bangladesh, he was appointed the first Chief of Protocol of Bangladesh in 1972. He served as Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh in the United Kingdom from 1972-76.

During this period, he was involved with final phase of the negotiations leading to Bangladesh's entry into the Commonwealth. From 1976-78, he was Bangladesh ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain from 1976-78 and from 1978-82, he was ambassador to EEC and Benelux countries.

After returning to the headquarters in 1982, he became the Chief Coordinator of the 13th OIC Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in Dhaka in 1983. From 1983-84, he was additional foreign secretary in the ministry. He became foreign secretary in 1984 and continued in that position up to 1986.

He then served as Bangladesh High Commissioner to India from 1986-92.

After retirement from the government service in 1992, Choudhury associated himself with social service and authored a number of books. He also served Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), one of the largest NGOs of the world, in different capacities.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)