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Veteran elderly journalist ABM Musa, our Musa Bhai, is no more. He passed away at a city hospital on Wednesday. He was 83.

Family sources said he breathed his last at Labaid Hospital at 1:15 pm.

The senior journalist was on life support at the hospital since Monday night.

He had been receiving treatment at the hospital for old-age complications since January this year.

Born at Dhormopur village under Feni district in 1931, Musa, was founder member of the National Press Club. He started his professional career in journalism with The Insaf in 1950.

He contributed in the different fields of journalism during his 64 years of professional life. ABM Musa received many awards including Ekushey Padak.

He was a much respected Musa Bhai to the whole journalist community. He was an idol and dear person to all level of age in the community. The community has lost a guardian, which will not be repairable. His love and affection to the members of journalist community is not forgettable. All, including The Good Morning family, are mourn to his demise.

ABM Musa left behind wife, three daughters, a son and hosts of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Family sources said his first namaz-e-janaza will be held at Iqbal Road ground at Mohammadpur, and then his body will be kept at Labaid mortuary at night.

On Thursday morning, his body will be taken to the National Press Club where his second namaz-e-janaza will be held. Later, his body will be taken to Jatiya Sangsad where his third namaz-e-janaza will take place.

Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock at the death of the veteran journalist.

In a condolence message, the President recalled the colourful professional life of ABM Musa and termed him a glittering star of the country’s journalism.

In a separate message, Hasina said late ABM Musa in his long journalism career had been a witness to many historical incidents and he would ever be remembered for his contributions to his profession.

They also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul expressed her sympathy to the family members of the bereaved.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, deputy speaker Md Fazle Rabbi Miah and chief whip of the parliament ASM Feroz also issued separate messages expressing their deep shock at his death.

Born at Dharmapur village in Feni in 1931, Musa was the founder member of the National Press Club.

He contributed to different fields of journalism during his 64 years of professional life. ABM Musa received many awards, including the Ekushey Padak.

A life member of the National Press Club, ABM Musa was elected president of the club for four times while general secretary thrice. He was elected a Member of Parliament in the first national election of the country in 1973.

He started his career in journalism with now-defunct The Insaf in 1950. Later, he joined the Pakistan Observer and served there in various capacities.

Musa had played an important role in the country’s Liberation War through his reports in the BBC and various dailies, including The Sunday Times.

He served as the Director General of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) from 1981-85. He also served as the managing director and chief editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) from 1985-87.

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