Retired Colonel Shawkat Ali, a former deputy speaker, and co-accused in the Agartala case with Bangabandhu has died at the age of 63 (Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilahi Raziun).
He breathed his last at Dhaka CMH. Shawkat Ali was suffering from various problems due to old age for a long time.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep grief and sorrow over his death.
Shawkat Ali, a popular name among the people, was elected Member of Parliament for six consecutive terms from Shariatpur-2 constituency.
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He was born in 1938 in Shariatpur. After completing his education, he was commissioned in the Ordnance Corps of the Pakistan Army in 1959. He was later appointed instructor at the Ordnance School in Mali Cantonment.
While working there, Shawkat Ali came in contact with Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by becoming a member of the Revolutionary Council. For this reason, he was also made an accused in the Agartala case filed against Bangabandhu. He was imprisoned with Bangabandhu for 13 months after his arrest in 1976. When he was released in 1969, the Pakistan Army sent him into compulsory retirement the same year.
During the war of liberation, Shawkat Ali was first the commander of Madaripur and later the sub-sector commander and trainer of Sector 2. He also served as a staff officer at the Armed Forces Headquarters in Mujibnagar.
After the country became independent, Bangladesh joined the army on the orders of the father of the nation. After the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family on August 15, 1975, he was sent to retire.
Shawkat Ali became active in politics in 1986. He was elected Member of Parliament for the first time in 1969. Acting as the Whip of the Opposition in the National Assembly. After that, he was elected Member of Parliament 5 more times in a row.
Shawkat Ali was the Deputy Speaker of the 8th National Assembly in 2009 and the Speaker from March to April 2013. He was also elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2014 elections.
Colonel Shawkat Ali was one of the founders of Bangabandhu Parishad and a member of the presidium. He was also the founding convener of Muktijoddha Samhati Parishad and served as its chairman. He was also the chief advisor of Generation-71.
Colonel Shawkat was an aging member of the Red Crescent Society and the Bangla Academy. He is the author of several remarkable books. Notable among these are ‘Satya Mamala Agartala’, ‘Prison Diary’, and ‘Ninth Parliament from the Constituent Assembly’.
He had been suffering from kidney, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and pneumonia for a long time. He was admitted to CMH in Dhaka on October 29. When his condition deteriorated, he was placed on life support.
The nation will always remember the contribution of Colonel Shawkat Ali who worked all his life to keep democracy at the highest level. Deep respect from the Change Lifestyle website to this heroic freedom fighter.