Rafiq-ul Haq, a senior lawyer in Bangladesh, died at a private hospital in Dhaka on Saturday morning. He is 65 years old.
He was treated at Ad Deen Hospital for about a week. He was taken to life support a few days ago when his physical condition deteriorated.
The senior lawyer became the most talked about lawyer in his professional life in 2007, after a change of political pot known as One-Eleven, serving as a lawyer for imprisoned Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina and BNP leader Khaleda Zia.
He also donated a large amount of money to various hospitals for the development of medicine in Bangladesh, which is why he served as a member of the board of directors of several private hospitals, including Ad Deen Hospital, until his death.
At the same time Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina’s lawyer
After 2006, during the caretaker government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed and former army chief Moin U Ahmed, the then government filed cases against many top leaders of the BNP and Awami League, including BNP leader Khaleda Zia and Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina.
At that time Rafiqul Haque was acting as a lawyer for both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.
Supreme Court lawyer Shahdin Malik said he was able to become a lawyer for the leaders of the two parties because he did not have a specific political identity.
“In the reality of Bangladesh, any senior lawyer has some political identity. Rafiqul Haque was one of the few senior lawyers who were not involved in politics.”
“During the caretaker government of that time, he became the lawyer of both (Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia) because he had no political identity. And many lawyers with political identity at that time refrained from giving legal assistance to those two for various reasons.”
Shahdin Malik said that if a senior lawyer had the support of a certain party, people believing in other political ideologies would refrain from going to that lawyer with legal issues.
Shahdin Malik commented that Rafiq-ul-Haq was acceptable to people of all parties and ideologies because he kept himself aloof from all forms of politics.
“He has never been involved in the politics of the Supreme Court or the Bar Association, he has deliberately stayed away. As a result, people from any political party could approach him with legal issues. Since he never did, any political party would go to him and trust him.” You could. ”
Life as a lawyer
Amir-ul-Islam, a senior lawyer, said Rafiqul Islam had worked as a lawyer in his professional life, ignoring all kinds of political pressures.
Amirul Islam said, “During the tenure of Ershad’s military government, many people were unjustly filed political cases. Rafiqul Haque fought many such cases despite the political pressure.”
Rafiqul Haque served as the Attorney General of Bangladesh in 1989-90.
Shahdin Malik also said that he always tried his best to act as a lawyer in any case.
“Even though he is over 60 years old, we have seen him study and prepare extensively in any case. As an experienced, senior lawyer, we have not seen him prepare less in any case.”
Contribute to medical services
Rafiq-ul Haq has donated a huge amount of money from his personal income for the development of medicine in Bangladesh.
Shahdeen Malik said, “As an established lawyer, he had a lot of income. And he used to donate at that rate. We think he has donated more than crores of rupees in his life. And he would not say much about it.”
In addition to being the chairman of Ad Deen Hospital, he has played a major role in the construction of several hospitals.
Apart from giving large grants to set up a special department of Bardem Hospital, he has also set up hospitals in some underprivileged areas outside Dhaka on his own initiative.
He has also donated a large amount of money for Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital in Dhaka.
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