Former minister Kashem dies

Abul Kashem, a former minister, died of old-age complications in the capitalearly Saturday, reports UNB.

He was 78.

Abul Kashem, also a former vice-chairman of the Muktijoddha Command Council, breathed his last at his Banani residence around 4:00am.

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His relative Abdur Rahim said Kashem had long been suffering from various complications, including diabetes and heart disease.

He is survived by one son, two daughters and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

After formation of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, BNP founder Ziaur Rahman made Kashem its first convener in October, 1978.

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He was appointed state minister for youth affairs ministry in Zia's cabinet and later made the full minister of the same ministry.

Kashem, who had been involved with BNP politics for a long time, became inactive in politics in the 90s.

In the parliamentary election held on 18 February 1979, he was elected MP from Dhaka-16 constituency (Tejgaon) with BNP ticket.