Abdul Alim Noble
25th March 1971, ATM Zafar Alam had been killed by the brutality of the Pakistani oppressors, during his study at the University of Dhaka in hall number 303. Despite the demise of her affectionate son who is a martyr Almas Khatun did not lose her battle in her life. She lost her her husband, a school teacher in 1967, she is now 90 years old after crossing many hurdles in her life.
She is one in many, the mother of the martyr always keeps smile on her face with adorable passion for others. She reared up her children with countless hardworks and dedications.
Her children are grown up pursuing higher educations and she was extremely happy when the street of Teknaf and Coxsbazar is named after her son’s (Shahid ATM Zafar Alam street) , she praised to God all the long for her incredible success in her life. Almas Khatun is the daughter of late Ashraf Ali Siqdar of Rotna Palong Union of Ukhiya upazila.
Her mother is Zamila Khatun. She had completed her primary school during those of the time of conservative society. Still she married to a school teacher name Saeed Hussain of Holdia Palong who was from a renowned, prestigious family of that era. Her husband had a good reputation of that area and he contributed a lot in education and in development of the society.
All the children of iron lady Almas Khatun are well educated. Rest of her 9 children are well established in their career.
One of her sons is Shafiul Alam who is a cabinet secretariate. The secretariate is well known in the whole country for his efficiency and transparency. Her other son Shahar Alam is the chairman of Holdia Palong who studied from the University of Dhaka.
Her other sons are well established in abroad and her only daughter is married to a banker who resides in Chittagong. The age could not make the ideal mother Almas weak because still she is well informed of her country, society and family round the clock. She told her glorious memory to this correspondent so cordially.
This extraordinary woman rechieved the prestigious award from the women welfare department in 2013. We wish her good health and long life.
—————–Translated by MD. Max