Today marks the 14thdeath anniversary of former finance minister, renowned economist, diplomat, and former lawmaker of Habiganj-3 constituency Shah AMS Kibria.
On this day of 2005, he was killed in a grenade explosion thrown by the assailant at Baidya Bazar in Habiganj.
Shah Abu Muhammad Shamsul Kibria was born on May 1, 1931 at Habiganj in Sylhet. After obtaining master’s degree in Economics from Dhaka University, he joined the Pakistan Foreign Service, securing first place in Pakistan Central Superior Service Examination.
To perform diplomatic responsibilities, he received training from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston and British Foreign Office in London and completed French language teaching courses in Paris.
From 1957 to 1970, Shah Kibria served as a member of the Pakistan diplomatic missions in Calcutta, Cairo, United Nations Mission, New York, Tehran and Jakarta. Later, he worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad and at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington.
In 1971, during the liberation war of Bangladesh, Shah Kibria left the Pakistan Embassy in Washington on August 4, and declared solidarity with the Mujibnagar government. He played an active role in organizing the Bangladesh Mission in Washington, and raised public opinion in favor of the Bangladesh Liberation War. At that time, he published a bulletin from Washington, through which the international community was informed about the Liberation War of Bangladesh, the activities of the freedom fighters and the real condition of the people of Bangladesh.
Mr. Kibria represented Bangladesh by working in various international organizations after the country became independent. Shah Shamsul Kibria joined Bangladesh Awami League in 1992. He served as the Finance Minister of Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet from 1996 to 2001. In 2001, he was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) from Habiganj-3 constituency in the parliamentary election.
Shah Kibria introduced various programs during his five-year plan as a finance minister. Among them elderly allowance, widow allowance, small-scale agricultural credit activities, short-term housing scheme, youth employment program, important reform programs in the banking and economic sectors are the distinguished ones.
The grenade, which was hurled at him by the miscreants, stopped his glorious journey at the age of 73. Although the miscreants were able to kill Kibria but his ideology lives to date. Kibria, who was a dreamer of a prosperous Bangladesh, will always be reminisced with reverence by the people of this country.
On his 14th death anniversary, Bangla Insider prays for his departed soul.