Shariful Haque Dalim

Shariful Haque Dalim (born 2 February 1946)[2] is a former decorated Bangladesh Liberation War veteran and ambassador of Bangladesh.[3] He was also convicted for his part in the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the country's founding father, in 1975.

Shariful Haque Dalim
শরীফুল হক ডালিম
Personal details
Born (1946-02-02) 2 February 1946 (age 76)
Dhaka, Bengal Presidency, British India
SpouseNimmi Dalim
Awards Bir Uttom[1]
Military service
  • Pakistan
  • Bangladesh
Years of service1964–1971[2]


Dalim had joined the Pakistan Army. When the Bangladesh Liberation War started he joined the Mukti Bahini. In 1974, he was stationed with the Bengal Lancers. Due to accusation of breach of discipline he lost his commission in 1974.[4]

Assassination of Sheikh Mujibur RahmanEdit

Dalim, along with a few other Bangladesh Army officers including Major Syed Faruque Rahman and Khandaker Abdur Rashid, planned a coup which took place on 15 August 1975. He was asked to lead the attack on the house of President Sheikh Mujib but he refused to do so. He was then given charge of the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment. Assassination of Sheikh Mujib took place during the course of the coup.[5] He took control of Bangladesh Betar radio station and made an announcement. He said "I am Major Dalim speaking; autocrat Sheikh Mujib has been killed. The army led by Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad has taken over power. Curfew has been declared".[6]

The coup made Mostaq Ahmad the president. The new president declared martial law and passed the 1975 Indemnity Act which provided legal protection to those involved in the coup.[7] He was reinstated in the army and promoted.[8]

From 1 December 1982 to 6 May 1988, Dalim was the Consulate General of Bangladesh in Hong Kong.[9]

Dalim was dismissed from the army. In 1996 the Awami League government, led by Sheikh Hasina began prosecution process for the case. He lives in Pakistan and has a Kenyan passport. He has business interests in Africa.[10] He was sentenced to death in absentia.[11] He currently has an Interpol warrant out on him.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Dalim is married to Nimmi Chowdhury.[13] His younger brother is Kamrul Haque Swapan.[14]


  1. ^ Bangladesh Gazette of 15 December, 1973; Ministry of Liberation War Affairs
  2. ^ a b c Life sketch Official website of Major Daliimbu. Retrieved 11 November 2016
  3. ^ Salil Tripathi (19 November 2014). "Of course, we killed him ... he had to go". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Shahriar's confession". The Daily Star. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ Sarkar, Ashutosh (19 November 2009). "Farooq's confession". The Daily Star. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Dalim goes on air". The Daily Star. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Shame darker than the night". The Daily Star. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  8. ^ Dalim, Shariful Haq (1 November 2011). "Bangladesh, Untold Facts". Jumhoori Publications. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Former Consuls General". Consulate General of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, Hong Kong. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  10. ^ "Where are they?". The Daily Star. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2016. Dalim lives in Pakistan and often travels to Libya, in particular Benghazi... Wali-ur Rehman said Dalim has business in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and some other African countries. He even has managed a Kenyan passport.
  11. ^ "'Col Jamil involved, Khaled Mosharraf key plotter'". Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  12. ^ "6 killers still out of reach". The Daily Star. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  13. ^ "SHARIFUL HAQUE, DALIM". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  14. ^ "Col Rashid's daughter held for blast link". The Daily Star. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2020.