Mirza Ghulam Hafiz

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Mirza Ghulam Hafiz (2 January 1920 – 20 December 2000)[1] was a Bangladeshi statesman, politician, and philanthropist.[2]

Mirza Ghulam Hafiz
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad
In office
2 April 1979 (1979-04-02) – 23 March 1982 (1982-03-23)
Preceded byAbdul Malek Ukil
Succeeded byShamsul Huda Chowdhury
Personal details
Born(1920-01-02)2 January 1920
Mirzapur, Panchagarh, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died20 December 2000(2000-12-20) (aged 80)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Political partyBangladesh Nationalist Party
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
University of Calcutta

Early life and educationEdit

Hafiz was born to Mirza Azimuddin Sarkar on 2 January 1920 in Panchagarh District, East Bengal, British Raj.[1] He obtained master's degree in economics in 1941 from University of Calcutta and a bachelor's of law degree in 1948 from the University of Dhaka.[1]


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 as a candidate of the United Front. He provide legal support to the defence team in the Agartala Conspiracy Case.[1]

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 government prosecution on 31 March 1974.[3]

In 1979, Hafiz was elected to the new parliament of Bangladesh and was appointed the Minister of Land Management. From 1978 to 1982, he served as the Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad 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.[1]


Hafiz died on 20 December 2000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Hafiz, Mirza Golam". In Islam, Sirajul; Hossain, Abu (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  2. ^ "Second National Parliament". Bangladesh Parliament Legislative Information Centre. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ Era of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, First published 1983, p. 232, University Press Limited, Dhaka, ISBN 978-984-506-226-8