Nuruddin Khan

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Lieutenant General Nuruddin Khan
Born Kanchikata, Monohardi, Narsingdi, Dhaka.
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch Engineers
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of Army Staff
9 Infantry Division
Other work Energy Minister

Nuruddin Khan is a lieutenant general of the Bangladesh Army, served as Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army (1990-1994),[1] and served as Energy Minister of Bangladesh (1996-1997). He did not pursue a political career after the Awami League government, in which he served, ended in 2001.

He was not a muktijoddha (freedom fighter during Bangladesh Liberation war), he joined the country after returning from Pakistan in 1974.


He graduated from Gurudayal Government College in Kishoreganj.[2]

Chief of Army Staff[edit]

In November 1990, then President Hossain Mohammad Ershad promoted Khan to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed him as the Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army. He refused to supported Ershad during democracy protests that evenly forced Ershad to resign.[3]

Political career[edit]

A member of the Awami League, Khan was elected MP of the 7th Bangladesh National Assembly. During his tenure as an MP, in 1996 he was appointed as the Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs in the Sheikh Hasina administration. Because of his mismanagement, which resulted in power shortages in the country, among other problems, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dismissed him.[4] Fuel prices doubled during the period of severe power shortages. Khan was kept on as a "minister without portfolio," enjoying numerous benefits, until the Awami League government in 2001 term ended. In 2002 he voluntarily retired from all kinds of politics. Since then, Khan is passing quiet life.

Family life[edit]

Khan is married and has two daughters and a son. His son briefly served in the Bangladesh Army. Khan and his wife reside in DOHS Mohakhali of the capital Dhaka.


  1. ^ Contributor. "Bangladesh Army". Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Liton, Muklesur Rahman. "The Pride of Kishoreganj". The Daily Star. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Dhitllon, Amrit; Sengupta, Uttam. "Fear after freedom". Living Media India. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Bangladeshi minister dismissed over power shortages. BBC Online. 29 March 1998. Retrieved 6 June 2010.[dead link]

Preceded by
Lt.Gen. Atiqur Rahman
Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Succeeded by
Lt.Gen. Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim