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Shamsul Huq


Shamsul Huq

Shamsul Haq (শামসুল হক)
Born 1 February 1918
Delduar, Tangail, British India (now Bangladesh)
Died 1965
Ethnicity Bengali
Citizenship British India, Later Pakistani
Known for Politician
Political party
Muslim League laterAwami League
Religion Islam

Shamsul Huq was a Bengali politician who led a parliamentary committee in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan to advocate for the recognition of the Bengali language during the Language movement of the 1950s.[1] He was also the first and third General Secretary of the Awami League,[2] which played a key role in Bengali nationalist movement in the 1950s and 1960s.[3] Shamsul is the very first leader from a middle-class family who won the general election defeating the then famous and high profile Muslim league leader Khurrum Khan Panni(a local Zaminder) of Tangail that made a political storm through Pakistan.

Personal life

Shamsul Haq was married to Afia Khatun (later Dr. Afia Dil). She reportedly separated from him when he went to prison.[4] She currently lives and works in the United States. She has authored Bengali Language Movement and the Creation of Bangladesh (2011) with her husband Anwar S. Dil.[5]

Shamsul Haq reportedly died sometime in 1965 in the district of Tangail.


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  2. ^ "Bangladesh Awami League, a pioneer in practicing democracy within party". Bangladesh Awami League. July 23, 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Rashiduzzaman, M. (1970). "The Awami League in the Political Development of Pakistan". Asian Survey 10 (7): 574–587.  
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