Muhammad Hamidullah Khan

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Muhammad Hamidullah Khan
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M. Hamidullah Khan, TJ, SH, BP
Born(1938-09-11)11 September 1938
Bikrampur, Bengal Province, British Empire(present day Munshigonj)
Died30 December 2011(2011-12-30) (aged 73)
Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Dhaka, Bangladesh
Allegiance Bangladesh
Service/branchAir Force/A&SD
Years of service Pakistan Air Force (1960-1971)
BDF (1971-1972)
 Bangladesh Air Force (1972-1979)
RankWing Commander
UnitAdministration and Special Duties A&SD
Commands held

Muhammad Hamidullah Khan, TJ, Sitara-e-Harb, BP (Bengali: এম হামিদুল্লাহ খান; 11 September 1938 – 30 December 2011) was a military leader in two wars fought in South Asia: the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Bangladesh Independence War in 1971.


During the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War, Hamidullah was awarded the Tamgha-i-Jurat Gallantry Medal for his courage and Sitara-e-Harb War Medal for his dedication in the September 1965 Pathankot infiltration. In the Bangladesh Independence War in 1971, he planned and commanded the Chilmari riverborne amphibious raid, one of the most strategically significant ground combat operation that was fought during the War of Independence of Bangladesh within the Mankachar sub~sector boundary of BDF Sector 11.[citation needed]

During the war in 1971, he held three posts. As an official of the Bangladesh Government, M. Hamidullah Khan was the Principal BDF Representative of Guerilla Training at Chakulia, Bihar. After participating in the Sector Commanders Conference held between July 11~17th 1971, BDF C-in-C Colonel M. A. G. Osmani transferred Hamidullah to Teldhala, BDF Sector 11 HQ. During that time he received a battlefield promotion to Squadron Leader. Bangladesh Forces Sector 11 headquarters was under the command of BDF Commander Lt. Col. Ziaur Rahman, who appointed Hamidullah BDF Commander of Mankachar Sub-Sector 1, with additional charge of independent Roumari district.[1] On 3 November 1971, Sqn Ldr M. Hamidullah Khan was appointed BDF Commander of Sector 11.[citation needed]

Hamidullah was the Bangladeshi representative during the 34th UNGA, United Nations General Assembly session in 1979 as Bangladesh Special Envoy on the question of granting recognition to the State of Palestine and the plenary session on UN Resolutions 242 and 439 on the question of Palestine and Namibia respectively.[2][failed verification] He held numerous public appointments and elected posts during his service to the country. Upon his death President of Bangladesh Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave M. Hamidullah Khan a state funeral with full military honors.[citation needed]

He also authored four more books and made two documentaries on the events surrounding the war and post-independence. The Bangladesh Government named Road 23 in the town of Banani, Dhaka after him.[3] Along with those of 55 other fighters, his biography was included in a CD released by the Bangladesh government.[4]


M. Hamidullah Khan was given a state funeral with a military guard of honour.[5][6] Hamidullah Khan is survived by his spouse Rabeya Sulatna Khan and two sons, Murad Hamid Khan (Sonny) and Tariq Hamid Khan (Konny).[7]


  1. ^ "Biography". Bengal Renaissance.
  2. ^ "Hamidullah Khan passes away". The Daily Star. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Khoka opens Hamidullah Khan Road". New Age. Dhaka. 19 June 2007. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007.
  4. ^ "CD on biographies of 56 FFs released". The Daily Star. 19 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Sector commander Hamidullah laid to rest". The Daily Star. UNB. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Hamidullah laid to rest". New Age. Dhaka. UNB. 1 January 2012. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Hamidullah passes away". New Age. Dhaka. 30 December 2011. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2012.

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