Zunaid Ahmed Palak

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The Honourable
Muhammad Zunaid Ahmed Palak
মোহাম্মদ জুনাইদ আহমেদ পলক
BD MP Zunaid Ahmed Palak.jpg
Member of Parliament
for The National Assembly of Bangladesh
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 2008
Preceded by Quazi Golam Morshed
Personal details
Born (1980-05-17) 17 May 1980 (age 34)
Natore
Nationality Bangladesh
Political party The Awami League
Spouse(s) Arifa Jesmin Konika.
Children Apurbo, Arjon, Anirban.
Alma mater Dhaka College
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer: Supreme Court Advocate
Religion Muslim
Website zunaidahmedpalak.com

Muhammad Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ জুনাইদ আহমেদ পলক, born 17 May 1980) is a Bangladeshi lawyer and politician from the Bangladesh Awami League Party and a member of the Parliamentary Treasury Bench. He is the youngest Member of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly of Bangladesh from his ancestral area of Singra in Natore of Rajshahi. His victory in the National Elections of 2008 at the age of just 28 resulted in him referred to the as the Youngest Lawmaker of Bangladesh.[1]

Early career and education[edit]

Born to an aristocratic Muslim family related to the Singra, Natore, Ahmed was educated at Dhaka College with a MSS and then an LLB, and later became a young lawyer and then advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. His father was also a politician.

Rise to politics[edit]

Ahmed among his constituency

In his early twenties, he followed his father's footsteps in politics and became a member of the Bangladesh Awami League party. When he was twenty-eight years old, his rise to power came violently with around hundreds of protesters demanding his election to the seat in front of the Prime Minister's residence. As they approached the building shouting slogans, security guards had requested them to leave. But they stuck to their position, said witnesses. The Police eventually dispersed them by charging with batons.[2]

Ahmed and two senior politicians met with the party chief at her private residence to discuss the matter. Emerging after the meeting, he told reporters that the AL chief had ensured him that she would "reconsider the matter". He, however, although claimed he got the party ticket for the constituency for the cancelled Jan 22 election, said he would accept the President's final decision regarding his seat in parliament. The aggravated protesters damaged vehicles around the former Prime Minister's residence.[3]

High influential character, he allegedly sent death threats to neighboring politicians. The wife of a senior politician and mayoral candidate of his constituency was said to have received threats from Ahmed's men regarding nomination matters. Ahmed allegedly supported an acquaintance, whose father was a notorious war criminal during the Great Liberation War of 1971.[4]

Political career[edit]

Natore rally in favor of Palak

Ahmed Palak said if it would be possible to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. It would also be possible to elevate Bangladesh's official status to be a more developed country from the current state. To achieve this by 2015 he gave importance on initiatives on private sectors and the government. He emphasized on planned work in the parliamentary constituency basis together with the government. In this regard, he said in his constituency there are more than two thousand people engaged with rickshaw or van pulling and most of them do not have their own vehicle for financial constraints. So, they are unwilling to accept family planning or sending their children to the school. But if we take an initiative to give them a rickshaw on some condition and to became an owner of a rickshaw for the rickshaw puller with condition that they will send their children to school or accept family planning, etc. This could be done in project basis. Otherwise we can take it as a model to make marginalized poor people self-depended. That will be further step forward achieving MDGs.[5]

The Vice-Chairman of All‐Party Parliamentary Groups, which includes Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Party, he is also a key member of the Committee of Climate Change and Environment, with the support from United Nations Development Program and Oxfam, and one of the APPG delegation members headed by Saber Hossain Chowdhury, participated in the IPCCC conference in July 2009 before the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in London. Ahmed said that for lawmakers it’s very important to know the reasons of any sort of natural calamity before trying to prevent it. He also talked about the dynamics of climate change, its affects to mass people so that the population both educated and illiterate can have a huge general conscious about it.[6] Ahmed also was a committee member where he planned to incorporate "Green Technologies" into its office building principles, to reduce carbon emissions into the environment. He said that the building of offices and residences using green technology would not release any carbon to environment, while the wastes of houses and offices will be recycled and to produce energy. He also expressed that a delegation from India was on their way to discuss different technological issues including building of zero carbon emitting buildings. He further added:[7]

We asked the ministry concerned to take a pilot project to build its office building using green technology as part of the initiative. Several other lawmakers and I shared our experience of recent visit to the southern state of Karnataka and West Bengal of India where we saw offices and houses were built using green technology.

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