Zunaid Ahmed Palak

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The Honourable
Zunaid Ahmed Palak
জুনাইদ আহমেদ পলক
Bangla Wikipedia 10 year Founding Anniversary Conference 2015 (38) Palak cropped.JPG
Palak at Bangla Wikipedia 10-year Founding Anniversary Conference 2015
Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology
Member of Parliament
for The National Assembly of Bangladesh
Assumed office
December 2008
Preceded by Quazi Golam Morshed
Personal details
Born (1980-05-17) 17 May 1980 (age 36)
Nationality Bangladesh
Political party The Awami League
Spouse(s) Arifa Jesmin Konika.
Children Apurbo, Arjon, Anirban.
Alma mater Dhaka College
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer: Bangladesh Supreme Court
Website https://zunaidahmedpalak.com/

Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Bengali: জুনাইদ আহমেদ পলক, born 17 May 1980) is a Bangladeshi politician from the Bangladesh Awami League and State Minister of Post, Telecommunications & Information Technology.[1] He is member of the Parliamentary Treasury Bench and Lawyer by profession .He is the youngest Member of Parliament (MP) in the National Assembly of Bangladesh from his ancestral home in Singra in Natore of Rajshahi. His victory in the National Elections of 2008 at the age of just 28 resulted in him being referred to as the Youngest Lawmaker of Bangladesh.[2] He is one of the popular young politician in bangladesh .[3]

Early career and education[edit]

Ahmed was born in Faiz Uddin Ahmed-Zamila Ahmed family at Singra Upazila of Natore District. He 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.[citation needed] In 14, he participated in the 1st Asia Pacific Jamboree held in Mouchak, Gazipur in 1994 as a team leader.

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. After HSC he involved in politics by joining Bangladesh Students's League. He was elected VP of the Gol-e-Afroze Govt. College Students' Union at the age of 18 years.[4]

Political career[edit]

Natore rally in favour 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.[5] He emphasised 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 become 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 marginalised poor people self-depended. That will be further step forward achieving MDGs.[6]

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.[7] 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:[8]

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.


His wife is Arifa Jesmin Konika, a lecturer by profession. This duo has three sons named-Apurbo, Aarjan and Anirban.


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