Abdul Muntaquim Chaudhury

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Abu Taher Abdul Muntaquim Chaudhury
আবু তাহের আব্দুল মুন্তাকীম চৌধুরী
Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
PresidentAyub Khan
Succeeded byMohammad Keramat Ali
Member of the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly
In office
7 December 1970 – 5 March 1971
Member of the Jatiya Sangsad
In office
7 March 1973 – 6 November 1976
Prime MinisterSheikh Mujibur Rahman
Succeeded byAbdul Jabbar
Personal details
Born2 September 1929
Hailakandi, [Barak Valley] British Raj
Political partyAwami League
ChildrenTulip Chaudhury Peony Chaudhury
Alma materAligarh Muslim University, St Xavier’s College - University of Calcutta, Lincoln’s Inn

Abdul Muntaquim Chaudhury (Bengali: আব্দুল মুন্তাকীম চৌধুরী) is a Bengali politician, barrister and lawyer. He was a Member of the 3rd National Assembly of Pakistan and the 1st Jatiya Sangsad.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Chaudhury was born in Hailakandi in the Sylhet district of the British Raj's Assam Province. He belonged to an upper-class Bengali Muslim family known as the Zamindars of Kanihati. His elder brother was Abdul Munim Chaudhury.[2] His father, Khan Bahadur Tajammul Ali Chaudhury, was the deputy commissioner and hakim of Sylhet,[3] and the author of the Tawārīkh-i-Halīmī (1894).[4]


Chaudhury was a member of the 3rd National Assembly of Pakistan.[5][6]

He supported numerous movements at the time such as the Bengali Language Movement and the Six point movement. During the 1970 Pakistani provincial elections, he was elected as a member of the Pakistan National Assembly as an Awami League candidate.[7]

Chaudhury played an organising role during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. Following independence, he was a member of the drafting committee of the Constitution of Bangladesh and played an important role regarding Article 70. He had argued against keeping a provision in the Constitution of Bangladesh that allowed for the expulsion of parliamentary members from parliament if they get expelled from their party.[8]

In the 1973 Bangladeshi elections, Chaudhury won the Sylhet-13 constituency, again as an Awami League candidate. His initial roles with the Government of Bangladesh included serving as the ambassador to Japan, East Germany and South Korea, initiating activities which led to the Textile industry in Bangladesh. Chaudhury's close relationship with Hayakawa made him regarded as the architect of Bangladesh–Japan relations. One of the outcomes of this fruitful relationship was the establishment of the JBIC-funded Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka.[9]


  1. ^ মৌলভীবাজার জেলার প্রখ্যাত ব্যক্তিত্ব. Moulvibazar District (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 29 August 2020.
  2. ^ Qurashi, Ishfaq. "পশ্চিম বাড়ী". শাহজালাল(রঃ) এবং শাহদাউদ কুরায়শী(রঃ) [Shahjalal and Shah Dawud Qurayshi (R)] (in Bengali).
  3. ^ Chaudhurī, Brajendra Nārāẏaṇ (1982). Smriti o Pratiti. University of California.
  4. ^ Blumhardt, James Fuller (1886). Catalogue of Bengali Printed Books in the Library of the British Museum. British Museum. p. 276.
  5. ^ "List of Members of the 3rd National Assembly of Pakistan from 1962-1964" (PDF). na.gov.pk. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  6. ^ Assembly, Pakistan National (1965). Debates: Official Report. Manager of Publications. p. 84.
  7. ^ ১ম জাতীয় সংসদে নির্বাচিত মাননীয় সংসদ-সদস্যদের নামের তালিকা (PDF). Jatiya Sangsad (in Bengali). Government of Bangladesh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 September 2018.
  8. ^ "20th Anniversary Supplement". The Daily Star. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  9. ^ "About us". hil-bd.org. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.