Abdus Sattar (president)

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Abdus Sattar
President of Bangladesh
In office
30 May 1981 – 24 March 1982
Preceded by Ziaur Rahman
Succeeded by A.F.M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury
Personal details
Born 1906
Daraka of Bolpur, Birbhum, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now in West Bengal, India)
Died October 5, 1985
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Alma mater University of Calcutta
Religion Islam

Justice Abdus Sattar[1] (About this sound pronunction  ahb-DOOSS sah-TAHR[needs IPA] 1906–1985) was the President of Bangladesh from 1981 to 1982.

Early life and education[edit]

Abdus Sattar was born in 1906 in Daraka of Bolpur, Birbhum district of West Bengal (now in India). Sattar obtained his MA in Political Science and Law degree in 1929 from the University of Calcutta. He joined the Calcutta Judge Court Bar.


After the Partition of India, Sattar moved to Dacca, East Bengal. In 1969, he was appointed as Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan. Abdus Sattar was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bangladesh Jiban Bima Corporation, 1973-1974. Becoming active in the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which developed after independence, he was appointed as Chairman of the Journalist Wage Board, serving 1974-1975. After Ziaur Rahman became president following a coup and the assassination of the first prime minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he established a government. Abdus Sattar was appointed as Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs in 1977. Sattar was Vice-President when President Zia was assassinated. Following the assassination of Zia in May 1981, Sattar was elected president in November of that year when elections were held.[2] Erhad was able to compel him to release Major General Abul Manzur, a suspect in the assasination of Zia, from police custody to army custody, where he was assassinated.[3] He was removed from power by a bloodless coup-d'etat led by the army chief Hossain Muhammad Ershad on March 24, 1982. BDR chief Major General Atiqur Rahman, air force chief Air-Vice Marshal Sultan Mahmud, Major General Sadikur Rahman, military secretary to the president, and naval chief Rear Admiral M A Khan entered Bangabhaban and forced Sattar to sign a statement relinquishing power.[4]


He died in Dhaka on October 5, 1985.

See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Ziaur Rahman
President of Bangladesh
Succeeded by
A.F.M. Ahsanuddin Chowdhury


  1. ^ http://www.bangabhaban.gov.bd/sattar.html
  2. ^ "Bangladesh Elects President". The Evening Independent, via Google News. Associated Press. November 16, 1981. 
  3. ^ Liton, Shakhawat; Halder, Chaitanya Chandra. "Ershad wanted to grab power after Zia killing". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Liton, Shakhawat; Halder, Chaitanya Chandra. "Ershad wanted to grab power after Zia killing". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 26 June 2015.