Tofail Ahmed (politician)

Tofail Ahmed (born 22 October 1943)[2] is a Bangladeshi politician. He is a 7-term Jatiya Sangsad member representing the Bhola-1, Bhola-2 and Bakerganj-1 constituencies since 1973. Previously he served as the Minister of Commerce and Minister of Industries of the Government of Bangladesh.[3]

Tofail Ahmed
তোফায়েল আহমেদ
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Ahmed at the US Embassy, Dhaka in July 2018
Minister of Commerce
In office
12 January 2014 – 6 January 2019
Preceded byGM Quader
Succeeded byTipu Munshi
Minister of Industries
In office
14 July 1996 – 13 July 2001
Preceded byShamsul Islam Khan
Succeeded byM. K. Anwar
Member of parliament
Assumed office
12 January 2014
Preceded byAndaleeve Rahman
In office
5 March 1991 – February 1996
Preceded byNaziur Rahman Manzur
Succeeded byMosharraf Hossain Shahjahan
In office
25 January 2009 – 20 November 2013
Succeeded byAli Azam
In office
14 July 1996 – 13 July 2001
Preceded byMosharraf Hossain Shahjahan
Succeeded byHafiz Ibrahim
In office
10 July 1986 – 6 December 1987
Succeeded byMohammad Siddiqur Rahman
In office
7 April 1973 – 6 Nov 1975
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byAKM Akhtaruzzaman Alamgir
Personal details
Born (1943-10-22) 22 October 1943 (age 77)
Bhola, Bengal Presidency, British India
Political partyBangladesh Awami League


Ahmed making a speech in the 1969 Mass Uprising in Dhaka

Ahmed was born on 22 October 1943 in Bhola in the then Bengal Presidency, British India.[4]

Ahmed joined the Awami League and in support of the 1966 Six point movement of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.[5] was involved in the 1969 mass uprising in East Pakistan as a student leader.[6] He was the vice-president of Dhaka University Central Students' Union.[7] In 1970, Ahmed was a political secretary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He was a Bangladesh independence activist one of the organizers of Mujib Bahini during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.


In 1996, prior to the controversial February elections, Ahmed was arrested along with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah under the Special Powers Act.[8] He served as the Minister of Commerce in the Awami League government from July 1996 to January 2001.[9][10]

In 2007, while the country went under emergency rule Ahmed was one of the leaders who proposed a reform proposal of Bangladesh Awami League which proposed by the military backed caretaker government and the removal of party chief Sheikh Hasina.[11] After the 2008 general election Awami League formed the government, but Ahmed was dropped from the cabinet despite being the one of the influential member of Presidium.[12][13]

Ahmed was the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industries Ministry.[14] He is also the member of the advisory committee of the Awami League. Earlier he was one of the influential members of the Awami League presidium. He was elected several times as a member of Jatiya Sangsad from Bhola constituency.[15] He was the Minister of Commerce.[16]


  1. ^ "1st Jatiya Sangsad members" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Constituency 115_11th_En". Bangladesh Parliament. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  3. ^ মাননীয় মন্ত্রিগণ. Government of Bangladesh. Archived from the original on 25 April 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ "No council for years in AL top brass' districts". The Daily Star. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  5. ^ Nabī, Nūruna (1 January 2010). Bullets of '71: A Freedom Fighter's Story. AuthorHouse. p. 101. ISBN 9781452043777.
  6. ^ "Hasina asks BCL men to give priority to learning". Prothom Alo. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  7. ^ Rahman, Muhammad Anisur (1 January 2001). My Story of 1971: Through the Holocaust that Created Bangladesh. Liberation War Museum. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Bangladesh Political Violence on All Sides". Human Rights Watch. 8 (6). 1 June 1996. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  9. ^ Rahman, Syedur (27 April 2010). Historical Dictionary of Bangladesh. Scarecrow Press. p. 335. ISBN 9780810874534.
  10. ^ India-Bangladesh Relations, Documents, 1971–2002: Commerce, economic, and transport. Geetika Publishers. 1 January 2003. pp. 1725–1775. ISBN 9788190162937.
  11. ^ "New committee of Bangladesh Awami League – Weekly BLiTZ". Weekly BLiTZ. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Mukul Bose back in Awami League leadership". Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  13. ^ Al-Mahmood, Syed Zain (5 January 2014). "Contested Bangladesh Vote Fuels Violence". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Industries Minister for single digit bank interest to spur industrialisation". The New Nation. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Bhola townspeople get gas". The Daily Star. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Canadian University of Bangladesh holds education fair". Dhaka Tribune. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2017.