Tofail Ahmed donates all property for people`s welfare
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Veteran politician and Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed MP has said he decided to donate all his property for welfare of particularly the poorer people as aging process dwindled his materialistic demands.
"I have reached an age limit when I don't have any materialistic demand or necessity . . . I am not a filthy rich man but I have decided to donate all my landed property and wealth for the benefit of ordinary people," the politician told journalists yesterday, announcing his decision.
Ahmed said that previously he was carrying out philanthropic activities, also drawing supports from friends and admirers, under a trust and now decided to run them in a broader spectrum through 'Tofail Ahmed Foundation' donating his property.
"My daughter stood by me donating her property as well to the Foundation," said Ahmed, a close aide to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Ahmed, who previously served as a minister in several portfolios and currently a lawmaker from Bhola-1 constituency, was born in the southwestern coastal district in 1943.
He became a legendary student leader in late 1960s when Bengali nationalist movement reached to its peak under Bangabandhu's stewardship, resulting in independent Bangladesh's 1971 emergence through a nine-month long Liberation War, when Ahmed also played a key-role.
Asked if he was led by any example in taking the decision, Ahmed referred to a sense of spiritual feeling that nobody could ever leave the world taking with any wealth.