Sheikh Razzak Ali
|Sheikh Razzak Ali|
|Native name||শেখ রাজ্জাক আলী|
|Born||Sheikh Razzak Ali
28 August 1928
Khulna, Bengal Presidency, British India
|Died||7 June 2015
|Alma mater||University of Dhaka|
|Occupation||Politician, Deputy Speaker and Speaker of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad|
Sheikh Razzak Ali (28 August 1928 – 7 June 2015) was a Bangladeshi politician, Deputy Law Minister of State and Deputy Speaker and two time Speaker of Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad. Ali died on 7 June 2015.
Born in 1928 in Hitampur village, Paikgacha in Khulna district, he obtained his MA in Economics from Dhaka University in 1952 and later another MA in Bengali literature from the same university. He obtained his LLB from Dhaka University in 1954.
Razzak Ali actively participated in the Language Movement of 1952, mass-upsurge of 1969, the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 and movement against autocracy during 1982-1990.
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Working as a teacher
Between 1949 and 1950, Razzak Ali worked as a teacher in the RKBK High School of Raruli village in Paikgacha.
Working as a journalist
In the early 1950s, he started his career as a journalist briefly working for the then Pakistan Observer as a reporter and as a commercial editor for the Weekly Pakistan Post.
He began his legal practice in the District Judges’ Court of Khulna in 1958 and was enrolled in Dhaka High Court Bar in 1963. He then was elected as the President of Khulna Bar in 1964 and as its General Secretary in 1972 before being elected member of the Bangladesh Bar Council in 1973. He was also elected as the President of Jessore District Bar several terms. As a lawyer, he became one of the leading practitioners of civil law and was a senior lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. He founded Khulna City Law College of which he acted as vice-principal. Later, he was made principal of the college and remained in this post for 25 years.
Razzak Ali was known for his honesty and integrity throughout his political career.
He was a founding member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), founding President of Khulna District BNP from 1979 to 1991 and also was the Member of the BNP Standing Committee. He was elected first Vice Chairman of BNP in 1992. After becoming Speaker he relinquished the post of party vice chairman.
In 1979, he was elected Member of Parliament from Khulna-5 constituency and then from Khulna-2 constituency in 1991 and 1996.
He was appointed State Minister for law and Justice on 20 March 1991.
On the 5th of April 1991, he was elected as Deputy Speaker and was unanimously elected as the Speaker of the 5th Parliament on October 12 in 1991, a position he held until 1996. In June 1992, he attended the 1st Conference of the Speakers of the SAARC Countries (Colombo, Sri Lanka) and was elected the President of Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians. In September of the same year, he presided over the IPU conference held in Stockholm (Sweden) as the Vice-President. He was re-elected in 1996 as the Speaker of the 6th Parliament. He presided over the session which passed the Caretaker Government Bill on Feb 15, 1996.
In 2006, he resigned from the BNP to join the Liberal Democratic Party (Bangladesh) as its Executive President.
He quit politics in 2009.
Razzak Ali was Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK between 2002 and 2003, when he resigned from his position.
Razzak Ali was the founding Principal of Khulna City Law College. He also established Sundaban College of Khulna. He was the founder of Saburonnssa Women College, Boyra Secondary School, Tutparha Secondary School, Shaheed Zia Secondary College and Paikgacha Degree College of Khulna. He also was one of the founders of Majid Memorial City College, Khulna University, Khulna Medical College, Khulna Mahila Alia Madrasha and Hazi Foyez Uddin Secondary School. He is the founder President of Shiromoni Eye Hospital of Khulna. He was the founding trustee of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and a founding member of the Lion’s Club Eye Hospital in Khulna. He also founded the City Law College mosque, Hitampur Jamay mosque and Kopilmoni Shah Jafar Awlia mosque