A. T. M. Abdul Mateen
Alhaj A. T. M. Abdul Mateen was born on 25 February 1925 at his ancestral home in the village of Aswinpur in Chandpur District (earstwhile Comilla). His father late Alhaj Mafizuddin Patwary was a famous political leader in the region and the President of Nayagaon Union Parishad for 30 years at a stretch. After completion of his first Masters in Economics from Aligarh Muslim University in India, he married Begum Sharifunnesa, daughter of late Prof. A. U. M. Waliullah on 20 May 1951 and became a father of eight children. After struggling 9 months in New York hospitals, Mateen died of cardiac arrest at Long Island Hospital in New York, USA on 5 March 2001. Later his body was taken to Dhaka and buried in the family graveyard at Aswinpur village.
- Diploma in Development Economics from London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom, 1953.He was awarded Fulbright Scholarship.He achieved this prestigious degree with distinction.
- Master of Science in International Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA in 1952. He was awarded Fulbright Scholarship during his tenure at Cornell.
- Master of Arts in Economics from Aligarh Muslim University in India in 1949. He stood first class first and awarded Presidential Gold Medal for outstanding achievements.
- Bachelor of Law from Aligarh Muslim University in 1949 with distinction
Assistant Professor 1950-1951
- Department of Economics
- Erstwhile Ahsanullah Engineering College
- ( Now Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology )
Country Director 1955-1964
- Franklin Book Programs Inc.
- US-based non-profit organization
Managing Director and Chairman 1960- 2001
- Book Promotion Limited (a printing and publishing company)
Political career & experience
- Took part in Muslim League election campaign of 1946 as a student worker under Hussain Shahid Suhrawardi and Abul Hashem along with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
- Elected member of the Pakistan National Assembly (1965–1969). He defeated former president of Bangladesh late Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad in 1965 election from the constituency of Matlab, Daudkandi, Kachua, and Homna thana.
Even though he was nominated by Muslim League for the 1970 parliament election, he decided not to contest and sacrificed his seat in favour of late Professor Hafez Habibur Rahman of Awami League from Matlab constituency.
He was elected Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan (1965–1969). He took oath as an acting President of Pakistan for a short time.
In 1969, he organized Muslim League rebel group with 27 members of the Pakistan National Assembly to force President Ayub Khan to withdraw the controversial Agartala conspiracy case and release Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other accused. As a special envoy of President Ayub Khan, he visited many countries of Africa and Middle East, met kings and presidents. On 15 August 1971, he was arrested by Pakistan army for organizing a meeting with late Nurul Amin (former prime minister). The purpose of this meeting was to force Governor Yahya Khan to release Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Rawalpindi jail and handover the power to him as the leader of the majority party to form the government. He was the founder editor of Daily Millat (a daily English newspaper) during 1977-1984. He was the chairman of Movement for Democratic Bangladesh since June 1988- March 2001. He was the chairman of Bangladesh Muslim Front, 1993-1996.
- Member of Pakistan delegation to UN Security Council in 1965 after Indo-Pak war of September 1965, with Pakistani Foreign Minister Late Zulfiqur Ali Bhutto and met Indian delegation.
- As "Minister in waiting" for visiting Iran, Turkey and Russian parliamentary delegations to Pakistan in 1967-1968.
- Represented as a leader of Pakistan delegation team to International Islamic Conference in Amman, Jordan in 1967 (after Arab-Israel war).
- Represented as a leader of Pakistan delegation team and took part in Commonwealth Conference in Uganda in 1967.
- As a special envoy of President Ayub Khan, he visited many countries of Africa and Middle East, met kings and presidents.
Family experience in politics
- Grand father, father and uncles were all in Muslim League since 1906.
- Uncle late Shahed Ali Patwary, former Deputy Speaker of East Pakistan Provincial Assembly (1954–1958) died in Assembly clash. He was a member of lower Assembly of Bengal Assembly from 1937–46 and colleague of late Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Haque.
- Uncle late Mouluvi Fiazuddin Patwary was the Secretary General of All Bengal Madrasa Teachers Association (1930–1947) and a colleague of late Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan.
He was the founder and Honorary Director of the Islamic Academy, now known as the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, from 1959 to 1962.