Abdullah al Mahmood

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Abdullah Al Mahmood
আব্দুল্লাহ আল মাহমুদ
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Member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly
In office
ConstituencySerajganj North
Member of the 1st National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
Member of the 3rd National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
Succeeded byMohammad Abdul Matin
Member of the 4th National Assembly of Pakistan
In office
Preceded bySyed Hussain Mansur
Personal details
Born4 April 1900
Koyelgati, Sirajganj, Bengal Province, British Raj
Died13 June 1975(1975-06-13) (aged 75)
Sirajganj, Bangladesh
Political partyAll-India Muslim League
Muslim League (Pakistan)
ChildrenIqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku
RelativesM.A. Matin (son-in-law)
Rumana Mahmood (daughter-in-law)
Alma materCarmichael College
Calcutta Islamia College
University of Calcutta (Presidency College)
  • Politician
  • Lawyer

Abdullah Al Mahmood (Bengali: আব্দুল্লাহ আল মাহমুদ; 1900–1975) was a Bengali politician and lawyer who served as the Minister of Industries and Natural Resources of Pakistan.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Abdullah al Mahmood was born on 4 April 1900, to a Bengali Muslim family of Taluqdars in the village of Koyelgati in Sheyalkol Union, Sirajganj which was formerly in Pabna District, Bengal Presidency.[2] His father's name was Derazuddin Taluqdar.[citation needed]

After passing entrance examinations, Mahmood enrolled at the Carmichael College in Rangpur in 1915. He completed his IA in 1918, and moved on to study at the Calcutta Islamia College from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1920. Abdullah al Mahmood then studied at the University of Calcutta's Presidency College where he gained his Bachelor of Laws certificate, and also left with a MA in Arabic.[3]


Abdullah al Mahmood started his career as a lawyer in 1924, joining the Bar and involving himself in social work. He had devoted his life to educational advancement of Bengal province. He was a founding member of Sirajganj College, and was closely associated with almost all the institutions of the district. He was also a member of the Dhaka University Court (since 1940-1951) and member of its Executive Council since 1947. He was Member of the first Syndicate (highest executive body) of Rajshahi University too. He was the Director of Central Cooperative Bank for years, and appointed the Chairman of Central Cooperative Bank. He was Member of Indian Central Jute Committee. He was Member of Imperial Council of Agricultural Research and its advisory Board (1945-1947). His entrance to politics began with serving as a member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1937 and Indian Legislative Council in 1946 for the All-India Muslim League. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary of Government of Bengal (Department of Civil Supply, Food Ministry from 1943-1945). A Parliamentary Secretary holds the rank of Minister of State. During this tenure, Hussain Shahid Sharwardy was his Minister and khawaza Sir Nazimuddin was the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal at the time. In 1942 he was elected assistant secretary of Bengal Provincial Muslim League working Committee and member of all India Muslim league Council at that time Akram Khan was elected president and Hussain Shahid Swarardy was Secretary of Bengal provincial Muslim league. Mr. Mahmood was Assistant Secretary of Bengal Provincial Muslim League from 1942 to 1948. Mr. Al Mahmood was President of Pabna District Muslim League (1942-1948). He was Member of Pabna District Board. He was Chairman of Sirajgonj Municipality from 1937 to 1949.[citation needed]

From 1937 until the Independence of Pakistan on 14 August 1947 he was elected member of Bengal legislative assembly and Bengal Legislative Council [4] During this period, the British colonial authorities offered him the honorary title of Khan Bahadur but Mr. Abdullah al Mahmood rejected it as a participant of the non-cooperation movement. Mahmood was also the only elected Bengal Province member at the meeting of the Muslim League Executive Committee in Lucknow. Mahmood represented the constituency of Sirajganj at the Lahore conference on 23 March 1940. In 1942, he was appointed convener of the All-India Muslim League Conference. Mr. Abdullah al Mahmood became the first Indian leader to be appointed chairman of the London-headquartered Imperial Jute Committee in 1945.[citation needed]

Following Pakistan's independence, he served as a member of the 1st National Assembly of Pakistan and in May 1948 he was appointed joint Chief Whip.[5] On 14 November 1948, Mahmood was appointed the first Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan in India which he served as until 1952.[6] In 1962 and 1965 respectively, Mahmood became a member of the 3rd and 4th National Assembly of Pakistan. Mahmood was also appointed the Minister of Industries and Natural Resources of Central Pakistan in 1963 which he served up until 1965. He then retired from politics in 1969 due to old age.[citation needed]


Al Mahmood's eldest son Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku served successively as the Bangladeshi State Minister of Power and Agriculture. His daughter the late Tasmina Mahmood was a notable physician and the wife of Deputy Prime Minister of Bangladesh M.A. Matin. His youngest son Manzur Hasan Mahmood Khushi was a former chairman of the Sirajganj Municipality.[7][8] His eldest daughter was the late Ms. Tahmina Mahmud wife of the late Mahboobur Rahman Chowdhury who served as the Additional secretary in the ministry of education and planning and his youngest daughter is Ms. Tahsina Morshed wife of Mohammad Golam Morshed who was a lawyer, social worker and former governor of Lions Club International.

Death and legacy[edit]

Mr Abdullah al Mahmood died in Sirajganj on 13 June 1975. In Sirajganj, there remains the AL Mahmood Avenue which was where he used to reside.[9]


  1. ^ Agency, United States Central Intelligence (1964). Daily Report, Foreign Radio Broadcasts. p. 20.
  2. ^ Assembly Proceedings Official Report Bengal Legislative Assembly Forth Session, 1938. Government Printing Bengal Government. 29 July 1938. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  3. ^ Khan, Ali (28 September 1963). "An Address of Welcome". Secretary. Helal Press, Sirajganj. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ Neogi, B. P. (3 February 1937). "Extraordinary" (PDF). Authority. The Calcutta Gazette. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  5. ^ The Constituent Assembly (Legislature) of Pakistan Debate: Official Report. Manager of Publications. 1954. p. 1312.
  6. ^ "How India Treats Our Diplomats". No. 39. Guardian. 9 December 1950. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  7. ^ সাবেক উপ-প্রধানমন্ত্রী ডা. এম এ মতিনের সহধর্মিনী আর নেই. Kaler Kantho. 9 September 2017. Archived from the original on 21 September 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  8. ^ Das, Swapan Chandra (13 June 2020). সিরাজগঞ্জের তিন নক্ষত্রের চলে যাওয়ার তারিখ একই. Banglanews24.com. Archived from the original on 21 September 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  9. ^ "First Constitute Assembly From 1947-1954 List of Members & Addresses" (PDF). National Assembly of Pakistan.

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