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PM’s Special Assistant Shakil passes away

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's special assistant Mahbubul Hoque Shakil passed away due to a cardiac arrest at a restaurant at Gulshan in the capital today. He was 47.

"He (Shakil) breathed his last at the midday today following a massive heart attack, premier's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.

A former senior vice president and organizing secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Shakil died at Japanese restaurant, Samdado.

Shakil was born on December 20 in 1968 in Tangail.

He left behind his wife and a daughter as well as a host of relatives, friends and admirers to mourn his death while his father Advocate Jahirul Hoque Khoka is the incumbent president of Mymensingh district Awami League.

Briefing reporters outside the Samdado in Gulshan this afternoon, State Minister for energy Nasrul Hamid Bipu said the body of Shakil would be kept at Birdem mortuary overnight, while his namaz-e-janaza would be held on Dhaka University campus at 11 am tomorrow after autopsy.

"Later, his body would be taken to his own town Mymensingh and he would be buried at his home in Baghmara area in city in the evening," Bipu said.

Shakil previously was entrusted with the charge of running the Centre for Research and Information (CRI), the research and information cell of Bangladesh Awami League, after the 8th Jatiya Sangsad elections in 2001.

He was later appointed as a deputy press secretary to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after the Awami League was voted to power in 2008 elections. Four years later he was made the premier's special assistant (media).

Shakil was given the task of a special assistant to the premier with the status of an additional secretary in 2014.

He studied at Mymensingh Zilla School and Anandamohan Government College in Mymensingh and obtained honours and master's degrees in sociology from Dhaka University.

Shakil had a hobby of writing poems and he has two poetry books - "Kheroptatar Khata Theke" and "Mon Kharaper Gari" -- to his credit.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of Shakil.

In a condolence message, the premier prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed profound sympathy to the bereaved family.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)