Sheikh Hasina turns 62
Monday, 29 September 2008

Agencies

Former prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina turned 62 on Sunday. The Awami League was celebrating the birthday in her absence with a special gathering.

The gathering for special prayers and blessings was held at the Dhanmondi office of the Awami League chief in the morning.
 
All present prayed for Hasina's speedy release and recovery from illness.
 
The acting AL president Zillur Rahman, acting general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam, presidium members Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Amir Hossain Amu and Suranjit Sengupta among others attended the event.
 
Former AL lawmakers have arranged another milad on the occasion in the afternoon at a Nam Flat building on Manik Mia Avenue.
 
Born on Sept 28, 1947, at Tungipara in Gopalganj, Sheikh Hasina was the elder child of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib.
 
Hasina became actively involved in politics during her university days.
 
Following the assassination of Sheikh Muj and family members in 1975, she returned to Bangladesh in 1981 as the president of Awami League.
 
The AL made a comeback to power in 1996 after winning the polls under Hasina's leadership. She was prime minister from 1996 to 2001.
 
She led the opposition in parliament from 1986 through the fourth parliament, from 1991 through the sixth session and from 2001 through the eighth Jatiya Sangsad.
 
Sheikh Hasina was arrested on July 16 last year on graft charges, and released on an executive directive on June 11 before she left for the US for treatment.

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