Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today paid rich tributes to Bangabandhu’s private secretary and valiant freedom fighter Dr Syed Abdus Samad, who subsequently served as the principal secretary during her government’s 1996-2001 tenure.
Dr. Samad served as the chief secretary of his government from 1996-2001.
The Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted him as saying, “He (Samad) was an honest, efficient, courageous and dedicated government official.”
Sheikh Hasina during the great liberation war of 1971, recalling Samad’s role, she said, he left relations with Pakistan and joined the Mujibnagar government when he was serving as Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) in Rangamati.
She added that Samad had played a pivotal role in concluding a historic Ganga water sharing agreement with India in 1996 and a peace deal with the Chittagong Hill Tracts Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) in 1997 to end nearly two decades of chaos in the hills.
The Prime Minister prayed for the forgiveness of the soul of the deceased and conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.