Abdul Motaleb Malik

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Abdul Motaleb Malik
Governor of East Pakistan
In office
August 31, 1971 – December 14, 1971
Preceded by Tikka Khan
Succeeded by A. A. K. Niazi
Personal details
Born 1905
Chuadanga, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died 1977

Abdul Motaleb Malik was the last civilian Governor of East Pakistan.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 1905 in Chuadanga, Bengal Presidency, British India. He was a trade unionist in Bengal.[2]


From 1949 to 1955 he was the Minister for Minorities Affairs, and Works, Health and Labour of Liaqat Ali Khan cabinet. Afterwards he served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Austria, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. From August 1969 to February 1971 he was made the Minister for Health, Labour, Works and Social Welfare.[2]

He was made the Governor of East Pakistan on August 31, 1971. His inauguration was attended by Abdul Monem Khan, Syed Azizul Huq, Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry, Khan A Sabur, Yusuf Ali Chowdhury, Sultanuddin Ahmad, Abdul Jabbar Khan, Ghulam Azam, and Pir Mohsinuddin. He resigned on December 14, 1971 with his entire cabinet and sought refuge in the Red Cross shelter at Dhaka Hotel Intercontinental.[2] On November 20, 1972 he was sentenced to life in prison for waging war against Bangladesh.[3]


  1. ^ Times, Special To The New York (9 October 1971). "AIRLIFT OF REFUGEES TO PAKISTAN URGED". nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "BANGABHABAN - The President House of Bangladesh". bangabhaban.gov.bd. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Sellars, Kirsten. Trials for International Crimes in Asia. Cambridge University Press. p. 22. ISBN 9781107104655. Retrieved 15 November 2016.