Former law minister, The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CCN University of Science & Technology, Cumilla Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, MP has died while receiving treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka. He was 70.
The five times lawmaker of Comilla 5 constituency and the Supreme Court Bar Association president passed away around 4:50 pm Wednesday 14th April 2021.
According to his personal aide, Matin Khasru was taken to life support around 11:30 am on Tuesday 13th April 2021. Earlier, he was moved to a cabin on March 31 when his condition had improved.
Matin Khasru was infected with Covid-19 and was under treatment at the hospital from March 16.
On April 1, his Covid-19 test result came negative but suddenly his physical condition deteriorated.
The 71-year-old lawmaker is left behind by two children – one son and one daughter – along with a host of family and friends to mourn his death.
Abdul Matin Khasru got elected as a member of parliament of Comilla-5 (Brahmanpara-Burichang) constituency for the fifth time in the 2018 general elections.
During the Awami League-led government of 1996 to 2001, he served as the law minister.
Recently, on March 16, he got elected as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
Matin Khasru was born on February 12, 1950, in the Mirpur village of Brahmanpara Upazila of Comilla district of then East Pakistan.
He started his profession as a lawyer at the Comilla Judge Court in 1978.
Later, in 1982, he started regular practice in the High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court.
Khasru actively took part in the Liberation War of 1971.
He was a valiant freedom fighter and played the role of the commander of Burichang police station in Comilla district during the war.
He contested for elections with the Awami League ticket and held the parliamentary seat between 1991 and 2001. He served in the first Hasina’s cabinet as Minister of Law and Justice from 1997 to 2001. Although he lost the seat to Md Yunus in the 2001 general election, he regained it in the December 2008 general election.
Khasru was elected chairman of the executive committee of the Bangladesh Bar Council in 2015. The following year he was made the law secretary of Bangladesh Awami League. He became a member of the party’s presidium in 2017.