AMA Muhith laid to eternal rest

The former finance minister AMA Muhith's namaz-e-janaza at Sylhet Alia Madrasa ground on 1 MayProthom Alo

Former finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith has been laid to eternal rest by the grave of his parents in Sylhet city Raynagar area.

The former finance minister was buried at 3:10pm on Sunday after namaz-e-janaza at Sylhet Alia Madrasa ground. Muthith’s younger brother and foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, other members of family, lawmakers of different constituencies of Sylhet, political leaders and government officials joined the janaza conducted by Allama Muhibul Haque Gasbari.

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The body was late taken to the family graveyard at 2:20pm. The former finance minister was laid to rest besides the graves of his father Abu Ahman Abdul Hafiz and mother Syed Shahar Banu.

Earlier at 12 in the noon, AMA Muhith’s body was taken at Sylhet Central Shaheed Minar where people from all walks of life paid their last respects to him. People had thronged the Shaheed Minar even before the former finance minister’s body reached from his ancestral home at city’s Dhopadighir Par.

People of all walks of life paid last respect to former foreign minister AMA Muhith
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After extending guard of honour, one minute silence was observed honoring AMA Muhith. People from all walks of life then placed flowers upon his coffin. Planning minister Abdul Mannan, lawmaker Abdus Shahid, Sylhet divisional commissioner, Sylhet range police’s deputy inspector general, deputy commissioner, district and city unit Awami League, Sylhet city corporation’s mayor, Sylhet Zila Parishad, Indian high commissioner, Sammilito Natya Parishad, Habiganj Agriculture University, Sylhet Metropolitan Police commissioner, Chambers of Commerce, BASAD, Jasad, Krishak League, Jubo League and Chhatra League paid respect to AMA Muhith.

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The body of AMA Muhith reached Sylhet around 10:00 pm on Saturday.

Muhith’s first namaz-e-janaza was held around 10:45 am at Gulshan Azad Mosque in the city on Saturday. Later, his body was taken to Central Shaheed Minar where people from all walks of life paid homage. the second namaz-e-janaza of the Awami League advisory council member was held at Dhaka University central mosque after Zohr prayers on Saturday.

The 88-year old veteran economist breathed his last at United Hospital at around 12:55am on 30 April.

Muhith was born on 25 January 1934 at his home in Sylhet's Dhopadighirpar.

As finance minister of the Awami League government, he presented the budget in parliament for 10 years at a stretch. It was during his tenure that the size of the budget expanded. He even set a precedent by voluntarily relinquishing office of finance minister in the eighties.