Awami League lawmaker Ismat Ara Sadique passed away at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 78.
Elected from Jashore-6, Ismat Ara, also the former state minister for public administration, breathed her last around 11:00am while undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital.
She was admitted to the hospital on January 14, a staff of her residence told The Daily Star. Meanwhile, parliament yesterday unanimously adopted a condolence motion expressing deep sorrow at the demise of the lawmaker.
President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the lawmaker.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Planning Minister MA Mannan, Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan and Land Minister Saifuzzaman Chowdhury also expressed profound grief over her death.
Taking part in the discussion of condolence motion, Hasina said after the death of Ismat’s husband ASHK Sadique, she requested Ismat to contest in the ninth general election.
“She was a little nervous about whether she would be able to tackle the pressure. I told her that she could win the election, and she won,” the PM said.
Hasina said at first she made Ismat the state minister for primary and mass education and then the state minister for public administration.
Ismat carried out all her duties with honesty, Hasina said.
“Honesty, sincerity and integrity were her great qualities,” the PM added.
Ismat had undertaken so many works for the development of her constituency, Hasina said, adding that the lawmaker provided electricity connections to all houses in Keshabpur, from where she was elected an MP for twice.
Senior treasury and opposition bench MPs including Tofail Ahmed, Abdus Shahid, Swapan Bhattacharjee, Rowshan Ara Mannan, among others also took part in the discussion where they discussed various aspects of late Ismat’s life.
Later, prayer seeking eternal peace of the departed soul was offered in the House.
Her first-namaz-e-janaza was held at the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban last afternoon.
After the janaza, President Hamid, PM Hasina and Speaker Shirin, among others, laid floral wreaths at her coffin.
Body of the lawmaker was taken to her constituency last night. Ismat’s body will be taken to Bogura today and will be buried at their family graveyard, sources at the parliament said.
Ismat was born in Bogura on December 12, 1942.
She left a son, a daughter and a host of relatives, friends and well-wishers to mourn her death.