Abdul Motaleb Malik

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Abdul Motaleb Malik
Governor of East Pakistan
In office
31 August 1971 – 14 December 1971
PresidentYahya Khan
Preceded byTikka Khan
Succeeded byA. A. K. Niazi
Minister of Health
In office
20 September 1949 – 15 May 1950
Prime MinisterLiaquat Ali Khan
Preceded bySardar Bahadur Khan
In office
31 March 1951 – 11 August 1955
Prime MinisterKhwaja Nazimuddin
Mohammad Ali Bogra
Succeeded byKamini Kumar Datta
Personal details
Chuadanga, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died1977(1977-00-00) (aged 71–72)
Political partyPakistan Muslim League

Abdul Motaleb Malik (1905–1977)[1] was the last civilian Governor of East Pakistan.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born on 1905 in Chuadanga, Bengal Presidency, British India.[3] He studied medicine in Vienna.[1] He was a trade unionist in Bengal.[3]


From 1949 to 1955 he was the Minister for Minorities Affairs, and Works, Health and Labour of Liaqat Ali Khan cabinet. Afterwards he served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Austria, People's Republic of China, Philippines, Australia and New Zealand. From August 1969 to February 1971, he was made the Minister for Health, Labour, Works and Social Welfare.[3]

He was made the Governor of East Pakistan on 31 August 1971. His inauguration was attended by Abdul Monem Khan, Syed Azizul Huq, Fazlul Qadir Chaudhry, Khan A Sabur, Yusuf Ali Chowdhury, Sultanuddin Ahmad, Abdul Jabbar Khan, Ghulam Azam, and Pir Mohsinuddin. He resigned on 14 December 1971 with his entire cabinet after Indian MIG-21's had bombed a Dacca Government House where he was attending a high level-meeting.[4] He then sought refuge in the Red Cross shelter at Dhaka Hotel Intercontinental.[3] On 20 November 1972 he was sentenced to life in prison for waging war against Bangladesh.[5]


  1. ^ a b Ahmad, Syed Nur (1985). Baxter, Craig (ed.). From Martial Law to Martial Law. Translated by Ali, Mahmud. Westview Press. p. 414. ISBN 0-86531-845-X.
  2. ^ "Airlift of Refugees To Pakistan Urged". The New York Times. 9 October 1971. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "BANGABHABAN - The President House of Bangladesh". bangabhaban.gov.bd. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ Governor Malik resigns after MiGs take out Government House in Dacca. (1971) http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/archives/1971/Dec14/Art04.htm
  5. ^ Sellars, Kirsten (2015). Trials for International Crimes in Asia. Cambridge University Press. p. 22. ISBN 9781107104655.