Mirza Ghulam Hafiz

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Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad
In office
1979–1982
Personal details
Born 1920
Died December 20, 2000(2000-12-20)
Political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party

Mirza Ghulam Hafiz (1920 – December 20, 2000) was a Bangladeshi statesman, politician, and philanthropist.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Panchagarh, North Bengal in 1920, Hafiz was educated at the University of Dhaka and University of Calcutta. By 1948, when he first became interested in government resistance and politics, he had graduated with a B.LL and M.S. in Economics,as well as a law degree.

Career[edit]

Hafiz was an active organizer of the Language Movement on two separate occasions—in 1952 and again in 1954—and was jailed both times. In 1954, he was elected to the Provincial Assembly in Bengal as a representative of the Panchagarh district. He would serve in government positions until Bangladesh's independence in 1971, a revolution in which he was personally involved (as an honorary colonel in the Bengal Rifles State Guard).

Mirza Hafiz was one of the founding members of the 33 member Committee for Civil Liberties and Legal Aid which was established to protect the opposition politicians and members of civil society who were facing the wrath of the government on March 31, 1974.[2]

In 1979, Hafiz was elected to the new parliament of Bangladesh and was appointed the Minister of Land Management.[3] From 1978 to 1982, he served as the Speaker of the Parliament until the coup that assassinated the President, Ziaur Rahman. After the demolition of the autocratic government of Hossain Mohammad Ershad, he was reelected to the parliament in 1991. Under the BNP, he was appointed the Minister of Law and Justice. He retired from politics in 1995.

Personal life[edit]

Hafiz's wife, Dr. Abeda Hafiz, is notable in her own right. In 1962, she became one of the first Bengali women to be granted a Ph.D.

Together, Mirza Ghulam and Abeda Hafiz founded three schools, two colleges (one of them is in Mirzanagar, at Nayerhat, Savar thana), two madrassahs (religious academies), a library, and several mosques throughout the nation. They were also known for their active participation in NGOs (non-government organizations) and donations to charity. The Mirza family also founded Eastern Momtaz Plaza, the first modern air-conditioned shopping mall in Bangladesh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Second National Parliament". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Era of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, First published 1983, p. 232, University Press Limited, Dhaka, ISBN 978-984-506-226-8
  3. ^ "Hafiz, Mirza Golam". Banglapedia. 2010-08-28. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Abdul Malek Ukil
Speaker of Jatiya Sangsad
1979-1982
Succeeded by
Shamsul Huda Chowdhury