Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) –People from all walks of life paid their last respects to veteran journalist Toab Khan, who died at a hospital on Saturday, at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city on Monday.
His first namaz-e-janaza of Khan was held at Dainik Bangla office in the morning and from where his body was taken to the Central Shaheed Minar around 11:30 am. His body was kept there till 12 pm where people paid tributes.
Later, the coffin of Khan was taken to the Jatiya Press Club around 1 pm where his second-namaz-e-janaza was held.
Journalists paid homage by placing floral wreaths at his coffin.
Representatives from different organisations and newspapers including Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Prothom Alo, Daily Janakantha, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Journalist Welfare Trust were present.
His third namaz-e-janaza will be held at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Asr prayers and he will be buried at Banani graveyard.
Khan, an Ekushey Padak recipient, breathed his last at the United Hospital on Saturday at the age of 87.
Khan started his journalism career in 1953 and joined Dainik Songbad in 1955.
He was also the first Editor of ‘Dainik Bangla’ which changed its name from ‘Dainik Pakistan’ after Bangladesh’s independence in 1971.
He became the Editor of ‘Dainik Bangla’ on January 14, 1972. He also served as the Press Secretary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1973-75.
Toab Khan also served as Chief Information Officer and Director General of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB).
The veteran journalist also played a role as a strong voice in Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra to inspire the freedom fighters during the War of Liberation.
He also served as the Advisory Editor of daily ‘Janakantha’ and later joined as the Editor of ‘Danik Bangla’.