Ataur Rahman Khan

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Ataur Rahman Khan
আতাউর রহমান খান
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Prime Minister of Bangladesh
In office
30 March 1984 – 9 July 1986
PresidentHossain Mohammad Ershad
Preceded byShah Azizur Rahman
Succeeded byMizanur Rahman Chowdhury
5th Chief Minister of East Pakistan
In office
1 September 1956 – March 1958
GovernorAmiruddin Ahmad
Preceded byAbu Hussain Sarkar
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born(1905-03-06)6 March 1905
Balia, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Died7 December 1991(1991-12-07) (aged 86)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Political partyJatiya Party (1984–1991)
Other political
All-India Muslim League (Before 1949)
Awami League (1949–1984)
ChildrenZiaur Rahman Khan
Alma materJagannath University
University of Dhaka

Ataur Rahman Khan (Bengali: আতাউর রহমান খান; 6 March 1905 – 7 December 1991) was a Bangladeshi lawyer, politician and writer, and served as Chief Minister of East Pakistan from 1 September 1956 – March 1958, and as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 30 March 1984 to 9 July 1986.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ataur Rahman Khan was born in 1905 at Balia village in Dhamrai thana of Dhaka district. He passed his matriculation examination from Pogose School in Dhaka in 1924, FA examination from Jagannath College in 1927, and obtained BA (Hons) degree from the Dhaka University in 1930.

Chief Minister of East Pakistan[edit]

He formed government of East Pakistan on 1 September 1956 and his government lasted until March 1958.

Prime Minister of Bangladesh[edit]

He eventually joined the cabinet of General Ershad with the belief that by being part of the government he would be able to direct it towards a more democratic agenda. He was made the Prime Minister in 1984 which office he held until 1 January 1985, when he resigned citing irreconcilable differences with General Ershad's style of administration.[citation needed]


Khan has authored a number of books most noted of which are Ojarotir Dui Bochhor (1963), Shoiracharer Dosh Bochhor (1969), Prodhan-Montritter Noi Maash (1987), and Oboruddhor Noi Maash (1990).


Khan died in Dhaka on 7 December 1991 at the age of 86 and is buried beside Parliament.


  1. ^ Khan, Muazzam Hussain (2012). "Khan, Ataur Rahman". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
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Chairperson of SAARC
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