Shamsul Islam (politician)

M Shamsul Islam (1 January 1932 – 26 April 2018)[1] was a Bangladesh Nationalist Party politician, a diplomat and a Jatiya Sangsad member representing the Munshiganj-3 constituency for 4 terms. He served as the minister of information, land, commerce, food and post and telecommunications during the first (1991–1996) and second Khaleda cabinet (2001–2006).[1]

Shamsul Islam
শামসুল ইসলাম
Minister of Information
In office
1993 – January 1996
Preceded byNazmul Huda
Succeeded byAbu Sayeed
In office
6 May 2004 – 29 October 2006
Preceded byTariqul Islam
Succeeded byAbul Kalam Azad
Ministry of Land
In office
10 October 2001 – 6 May 2004
Succeeded byRezaul Karim Hira
Minister of Commerce
In office
1993 – January 1996
Preceded byM. K. Anwar
Succeeded byTofail Ahmed
Minister of Food
In office
Succeeded byMatia Chowdhury
State Minister of Post and Telecommunications
In office
20 March 1991 – September 1991
Member of Parliament
for Munshiganj-3
In office
5 March 1991 – 27 October 2006
Preceded byMohammad Jamal Hossain
Succeeded byM. Idris Ali
Personal details
Born(1932-01-01)1 January 1932
Died26 April 2018(2018-04-26) (aged 87)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Political partyBangladesh Nationalist Party


Islam served as the general secretary of Dhaka district unit and an executive member of the central committee of the now-defunct National Democratic Front party, led by Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy.[1] He was also the general secretary of East Pakistan Family Planning Union during 1968–1971.[1]

Islam served as the Bangladesh ambassador to Indonesia during Ziaur Rahman's ruling.[1]

Islam was a member of the standing committee of Bangladesh Nationalist Party.[1]

On 2 September 2007, Anti-Corruption Commission filed a case against Islam, along with the former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and others on charges of awarding Global Agro Trade Company a cargo-handling deal through misuse of power.[2] He was later detained and freed on bail in July 2008.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Islam was married to Anwara Sufia Islam (d. 2015). Together they had two sons including Sayeeful Islam, a former president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Ex-BNP minister Shamsul Islam passes away". The Daily Star. 2018-04-27. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  2. ^ a b "BNP's Shamsul Islam freed on bail". Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Anwara Islam, wife of BNP leader Shamsul Islam, is dead". 2015-06-03. Retrieved 2020-09-07.