A. T. M. Abdul Mateen

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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[disambiguation needed] 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.


Professional career[edit]

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[edit]

Mateen took part in Pakistan movement as member of All India Muslim Students Federation while studying in Aligarh Muslim University (1941–1947).

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[citation needed] 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.

International experience[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Social services[edit]

He was the founder and Honorary Director of the Islamic Academy, now known as the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh, from 1959 to 1962.