Zianul Abedin, an Urdu speaking, Bengali language veteran of 1952 language movement and reputed journalist, died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in the capital Thursday evening. He was 81.
"Zainul Abedin breathed his last at ICU of the hospital around 8.15pm," BSS reports quoting BSMMU Vice Chancellor Prof Kamrul Hasan Khan.
An octogenarian journalist and a founding member of Jatiya Press Club (JPC), Abedin had been suffering from multiple-organ complications including respiratory and chronic liver-- problem for long.
A confirmed bachelor Abedin earned his repute also as a leading movie scriptwriter in late 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Among his works, "Chakari", whose script was written in both Bengali and Urdu and "Janata Express" in Bengali, are most famous movies.
He along with his family members migrated to the then East Pakistan after the 1947 partisan of the Indian subcontinent and got involved in the communist movement.
During the Language Movement in 1952, he stood by the Bangalees and had to suffer imprisonment.
Though most of his family members and relatives moved to Pakistan particularity after the 1971 independence, Abedin preferred to stay back in new born Bangladesh.
"This is my country, where I will go," he used to say. His younger brother, however, flew to Bangladesh to meet ailing Abedin as he was being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of BSMMMU.
His namaz-e-janaza will be held at JPC at 9am tomorrow and later, he will be buried at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Graveyard, a JPC press release said.
In a message of condolence, Jatiya Press Club President Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and General Secretary Farida Yasmin have expressed profound shock at the death of veteran journalist Zianul Abedin.
They said the death of Abedin is an irreparable loss to the country's journalism arena.
The JPC leaders also prayed for peace of the departed soul and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family members.