BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger brother Maj (retd) Sayeed Iskander passed away during treatment at Brookdale Hospital Medical Cente in New York on Sunday. He was 59.
Khaleda Zia’s press secretary Maruf Kamal Khan told UNB that Sayeed Iskander had been suffering from lung cancer.
BNP MP Rehana Akhter Ranu said Sayeed Iskander, a former MP from Feni-1 constituency, breathed his last at 12 noon (New York time).
Sayeed Iskander, also the founding chairman of Islamic Television, is survived by wife, two sons, one daughter, one sister (Khaleda) and one brother (Shamim Iskander).
Sayeed Iskander joined the Bangladesh Army in 1974 and was promoted to Major in 1980. He retired in 1982 and then joined politics. He took care of BNP’s overall election affairs in 2001.
Sayeed Iskander, a freedom fighter and Feni district BNP president, was an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Born in Dinajpur on January 13, 1953, Sayeed Iskander was general secretary of Chhatra League’s Dinajpur district unit in 1969. He was later made vice-president of Chhatra League’s central committee.
Meanwhile, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir expressed deep shock at the death of Sayeed Iskander. “His premature death is an irreparable loss to the nationalist politics of Bangladesh,” he said.
He also conveyed his deep sympathy to Sayeed Iskander’s bereaved family members and prayed for salvation of the departed soul.
In a statement, National Awami Party (NAP-Bhasani) also condoled the death of Sayeed Iskander.
BNP sources said a pall of gloom descended among the party leaders and workers following the death of Sayeed Iskander.
Khaleda Zia was on her way back to Dhaka from Dinajpur when she was conveyed the death news of her brother.
Khaleda moved to Sayeed Iskander’s Baridhara residence when she had been removed from her Cantonment residence on November 12, 2010.