Imrul Hossain for DOT
 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq worked for the economic emancipation of the farmers of the country and he was a champion of the farmers’ rights, report Bangladesh Journal, Arthosuchok.
 The 59th death anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq was observed yesterday in the country.
 President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages marking his death anniversary.
 They paid rich tributes to the late leader, recalled his struggle for economic freedom of the peasants and toiling people of the country, and prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul.  Both the president and PM also mentioned AK Fazlul Huq’s exceptional leadership, personality and political wisdom.
 Maintaining health guidelines, the ruling Awami League paid tribute to the great leader by placing wreaths at his grave at 9:00am.
 The ruling party also held a recitation of Surah Fatiha and offer prayers for salvation of the departed soul at Sher-e-Bangla’s grave in the city.
 Abul Kashem Fazlul Huq, popularly known as Sher-e-Bangla or Huq Saheb, was born on October 26, 1873, at his maternal uncle’s house at Saturia, a village in the southern part of Barishal district.
 Huq was an eminent public leader who had held many high political posts, including the mayor of Calcutta (1935), chief minister of undivided Bengal (1937-1943) and East Bengal (1954), home minister of Pakistan (1955) and governor of East Pakistan (1956-58).