Abdul Matin Khasru

Abdul Matin Khasru (Bengali: আবদুল মতিন খসরু; 12 February 1950 – 14 April 2021)[5] was a lawyer and a Bangladeshi politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Comilla-5, having first held the seat between 1991 and 2001.[6][7] Although he lost the seat to Md. Yunus in the 2001 general election, he regained it in the December 2008 general election.[8][9] He served in the first Hasina cabinet as Minister of Law and Justice from 1997 to 2001.[1]

Abdul Matin Khasru
আবদুল মতিন খসরু
Abdul Matin Khasru.jpg
Minister of Law and Justice
In office
14 January 1997[1] – 15 July 2001[1]
Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina
Preceded bySyed Istiaq Ahmed[1]
Succeeded bySyed Istiaq Ahmed[1]
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
January 2009
Preceded byMohammad Yunus
In office
February 1991 – October 2001
Preceded byMohammad Yunus[2]
Succeeded byMohammad Yunus
ConstituencyComilla-5
Personal details
Born(1950-02-12)February 12, 1950[3]
Mirpur village, Brahmanpara Upazila, Comilla District
Died14 April 2021(2021-04-14) (aged 71)[4]
CMH Dhaka
NationalityBangladeshi
Political partyBangladesh Awami League
Alma materMadhabpur High School, Comilla Victoria Government College
OccupationLawyer, Politician

Personal lifeEdit

Khasru completed his Secondary Education from Madhabpur High School. After passing SSC in 1967,[10] he got admitted to Comilla Victoria Government College and completed Graduation in 1970 from there.[11] They were four brothers and three sisters of whom he was the eldest. His father served in the Pakistan Army.

He was actively involved in politics since his student life. When he was a graduate, the Bangladesh Liberation war started. Khasru fought in Burichang in Comilla District during the war.[5]

CareerEdit

Khasru started his legal practice at the District and Sessions Judges Court, Comilla in 1978.[5] Later he started practicing in the High Court Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court in 1982. He founded a law firm Abdul Matin Khasru & Associates in Dhaka.

Khasru was a Senior Advocate enrolled at the Bangladesh Bar Council. Khasru was elected chairman of the executive committee of the Bangladesh Bar Council in 2015.[12]

On 16 March 2021, he won the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association Election 2021-2022 as President from the White Panel backed by the Bangladesh Awami League. Although he died before taking charge.[13][14]

Political CareerEdit

Khasru was first elected to Parliament in 1991 from Comilla-5 on a nomination of Awami League defeating the incumbent, Mohammad Yunus of the Jatiya Party. He was re-elected in 1996.[15]

Khasru stood for re-election in 2001 but lost to Mohammad Yunus who had then been nominated by Bangladesh Nationalist Party.[16]

Khasru was elected to Parliament in 2008 on an Awami League nomination from Comilla-5.[16] He headed the Parliamentarians' Caucus on Disability during the 9th parliamentary sessions.[17] On 23 March 2011, he criticised the use of "vulgar" words by members of parliament in the Jatiya Sangshad.[18]

Khasru was re-elected to Parliament in 2014 on an Awami League nomination from Comilla-5.[16] In 2015, he was made the law secretary of Bangladesh Awami League.[19] He became a member of the party's Presidium in 2017.[20]

Khasru was re-elected to Parliament in 2018 on an Awami League nomination from Comilla-5.[16] He was the president of the parliamentary standing committee on law. He summoned the Anti-Corruption Commission to parliament over its failure to take action against the former chairperson of BASIC Bank, Sheikh Abdul Hai Bacchu, on loans scams.[21]

On 10 April 2020, Mosheur Mahfuz Babu, journalist and owner of Times of Cumilla, was arrested under the Digital Security Act for spreading "rumours" about Khasru. The website had reported Khasru's death.[22] During the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh, Khasru provided food aid to 5000 families in Comilla in April 2020.[23]

DeathEdit

Khasru died on 14 April 2021 after contracting COVID-19. He was under treatment at the Combined Military Hospital.[5] Khasru left behind one son and one daughter.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Honorable Minister". Law and Justice Division. Archived from the original on 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  2. ^ "List of 4th Parliament Members". Bangladesh Parliament.
  3. ^ "Constituency 253_10th_En". www.parliament.gov.bd. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  4. ^ "Supreme Court Bar president Abdul Matin Khasru dies of Covid-19". The Business Standard. 2021-04-14. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  5. ^ a b c d "Former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru dies of COVID". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  6. ^ "Constituency 253". Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  7. ^ "List of 5th Parliament Members". Bangladesh Parliament.
  8. ^ "Parliament Election Result of 1991,1996,2001 Bangladesh Election Information and Statistics". Vote Monitor Networks. Archived from the original on 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  9. ^ "List of 9th Parliament Members". Bangladesh Parliament.
  10. ^ Abdul Matin Khasru MP, retrieved 2021-04-15
  11. ^ ৩৬৫ সেকেন্ড রাজনীতি নয় | EP - 58 | Abdul Matin Khasru | Shahidul Alam Sachchu | Channel i, retrieved 2021-04-15
  12. ^ "Abdul Matin Khasru made bar council chairman". Dhaka Tribune. 18 October 2015. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  13. ^ lawyersclubbangladesh.com (2021-04-12). "সুপ্রিম কোর্টে বারের দায়িত্ব নিয়েছেন নব নির্বাচিত কমিটি". lawyersclubbangladesh. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  14. ^ "Former law minister Abdul Matin Khasru dies". Dhaka Tribune. 2021-04-14. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
  15. ^ "Parliament Election Result of 1991,1996,2001Bangladesh Election Information and Statistics". web.archive.org. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  16. ^ a b c d "Cumilla-5 - Constituency detail of Bangladesh General Election 2018". The Daily Star. 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  17. ^ "CRP's activities unique, imitable". The Daily Star. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  18. ^ "Uproar in JS over diatribes". The Daily Star. 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  19. ^ Siddique, Mohammad Abu Bakar (25 October 2016). "AL central working committee names declared". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 11 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Ex-law minister Khasru made AL Presidium Member, Rezaul Legal Affairs Secretary". bdnews24.com. 22 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Basic Bank scam: JS body summons ACC for not taking action against Bacchu". The Daily Star. 2019-10-31. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  22. ^ "Digital Security Act: Journo jailed in Cumilla for spreading rumours". The Daily Star. 2020-04-10. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  23. ^ "AL lawmaker Khasru extends food aid to 5,000 families in Cumilla". The Daily Star. 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2021-04-14.

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