Former Foreign Secretary Faruk Ahmed Choudhury passes away

DHAKA, May 17, 2107 (BSS) - Former Foreign Secretary Faruk Ahmed Choudhury passed away today at a city hospital due to old-age complications coincided with heart and kidney related problems.

He breathed his last at about 4:30am at the city's Square Hospital at the age of 83.

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

The first namaz-e-janaza of Choudhury was held at the Foreign Ministry at 1:00pm today while the second one would be held at Baitul Aman Mosque at Dhanmondi-7 after Asr prayers, family sources told BSS.

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 United Kingdom from 1972-76.

During this period, he was involved with final phase of the negotiations leading to Bangladesh's entry to the Commonwealth. From 1976-78, he was Bangladesh ambassador to 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.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam expressed profound shock and sorrows at the death of the former diplomat Faruk Choudhury.

In separate messages of condolence, they expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)