Zafar said Mushtari suffered from a cardiac arrest on Monday afternoon while she was on life support. She then breathed her last at 5:00pm.

Mushtari was brought to Dhaka from Chattogram on 2 December for the treatment of her kidney-related complications and blood infections. She was then put on life support.

Born on 15 January 1936 in West Bengal, Begum Mushtari participated in the 1952 Language Movement. Her ancestral home is in Faridpur district.

In the 1960s, she founded a women organisation called 'Bandhabi Sangha' in Chattogram. From this organisation, she published a regular magazine, 'Bandhabi', and started a printing house called 'Meyeder Press', which were considered as remarkable activities at a time when women activists were rare in society.

On 7 April, 1971, when the Liberation War began, her husband doctor Mohammad Shafi and younger brother Ehsanul Haque Ansari were killed by the Pakistani military.

Holding that grief in her heart, Begum Mushtari worked in Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra till Bangladesh earned its victory on 16 December 1971.

She preserved her memories by writing some books about the Liberation War namely 'Women of Chittagong in the War of Liberation,' 'Letter to Jahanara Imam' and 'Swadhinata Amar Roktojhora Din'.

She also wrote essays, novels, travelogues, teen stories and memoirs. For her contribution to the field of Bengali literature, Bangla Academy awarded Begum Shafi a fellowship in 2016. She also received the state award 'Rokeya Padak' in literature, last year.

She was an active member of the 1971 Ghatak-Dalal Nirmul Committee, and also an avid supporter and activist in the 2013 Shahbag protests at the Gonojagaran Mancha, Shahbag in the capital.

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