Tabarak Husain

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His Excellency
Tabarak Husain
তবারক হুসাইন
Ambassador of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the United States[1]
In office
October 2, 1978 – May 19, 1982
Preceded byMustafizur Rahman Siddiqi
Succeeded byHumayun Rashid Choudhury
Minister of Foreign Affairs as Foreign Secretary[2]
In office
November 15, 1975 – September 6, 1978
PresidentZiaur Rahman
Vice PresidentAbdus Sattar (1977–1978)
Preceded byFakhruddin Ahmed
Succeeded byShah A M S Kibria
Personal details
Born(1924-04-06)6 April 1924
Noakhali, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died29 April 2018(2018-04-29) (aged 94)
Rockville near Washington, DC, United States of America
Resting placeParklawn Memorial Gardens in Rockville
Spouse(s)Uzra Husain
ChildrenRiaz Husain
Jamil Husain
Taher Husain
Parent(s)Maulvi Badiuzzaman (father)
Anjuman Ara Begum (mother)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
London School of Economics
AwardsSitara-i-Khidmat (Star of Service) (1968)

Tabarak Husain (April 6, 1924 – April 29, 2018) was a former Bangladeshi career diplomat. He was foreign secretary of Bangladesh from 1975 to 1978. He also held the position of chairman of Sadharan Bima Corporation and Grameen Bank.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Husain completed his undergraduate degree and post graduation in Economics from University of Dhaka in 1942.[3] He then obtained his postgraduate degree in International Relations from London School of Economics, United Kingdom in 1949.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Husain married Uzra Husain (d. 2011), daughter of Justice Amin Ahmed. Several of Uzra's sisters were married to Pakistani foreign service officers.[6] They had three sons Riaz Husain, Jamil Husain and Taher Husain.[7]


Pakistan period[edit]

Husain joined the Pakistan Foreign Service as a member of the first regular batch in 1949.[3] He served in different positions in the Pakistan diplomatic missions in India, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Thailand. He was acting high commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi from 1961 to 1964.[5] In 1968, he was appointed as director general in the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs with Ambassadorial rank.[8] He was appointed as ambassador to Algeria in 1971 but due to Independence movement of Bangladesh, he was detained in Karachi, Pakistan.[9] He accompanied Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on a state delegation to Peking (present Beijing) in November 1971.[10]

Bangladesh period[edit]

Husain was repatriated from Pakistan in late 1973.[11] Since then he worked in Ministry of Foreign Affairs in various positions. He was reportedly selected to be Bangladesh's ambassador to Cairo before the coup of August 15.[6] He served as Foreign Secretary, of Government of Bangladesh from 15 November 1975 to 6 September 1978. During the period, he visited summit level meetings in nine countries on bilateral visits. He also visited Moscow twice in November 1975[12] and 1976 as a single member delegation to discuss bilateral issues. For the period of 1978–1982, He was ambassador of Bangladesh to United States of America.[4] In his tenure, President Ziaur Rahman visited in United States in 1980.[13] Husain signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty for Bangladesh on 5 October, 1979.[14] Later, he was the chairman of Sadharan Bima Corporation from 1995 to 1996 and Grameen Bank from 2003[15] to 2010.[16]


Husain authored Serving the Nation: Reflections of Bangladesh Diplomats, a compilation of the memoirs of 43 career diplomats.[5][17]


Husain was awarded the Sitara-i-Khidmat (Star of Service) honor by Pakistan in 1968.


Husain died at the age of 94 at his sleep on 29 April 2018 in Rockville near Washington, DC.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diplomatic Representation for People's Republic of Bangladesh". United States Department of State. 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  2. ^ "List of Former Foreign Secretaries". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka. Archived from the original on 2015-11-23. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  3. ^ a b c "Mr. Tabarak Hossain". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka. Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  4. ^ a b c "Ambassador Tabarak Hussain". Embassy of Bangladesh, Washington D.C. Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  5. ^ a b c S. Khan, Shayan (2015-04-09). "Served with distinction". Dhaka Courier. Dhaka. Archived from the original on 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  6. ^ a b "New Foreign Secretary Appointed". WikiLeaks. 1975-11-17. Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  7. ^ Hossaini, Wahed (2011-11-26). "Uzra Husain Janaza : Sunday at MCC". Yahoo! Groups. Retrieved 2014-11-20.
  8. ^ Amjad Hossain, Mohammad (2015-11-13). "Remembering Ambassador Fakhruddin Ahmed". The Financial Express (Bangladesh). Dhaka: Remembering Ambassador Fakhruddin Ahmed. Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  9. ^ "For Immediate Release" (Press release). Eastern Illinois University. 1981-11-06. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  10. ^ Badrul Ahsan, Syed (2012-12-30). "The Story of December 1971". Forum. Dhaka: The Daily Star. Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  11. ^ "Detention of Bengalees in Pakistan". WikiLeaks. 1973-05-11. Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  12. ^ "Foreign Secretary on Brief Visit to Moscow". WikiLeaks. 1975-12-17. Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  13. ^ "Meeting With President Ziaur of Bangladesh Joint Statement" (Press release). The American Presidency Project. 1980-08-27. Archived from the original on 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  14. ^ "N-warning to India, Pakistan". Irish Times. 6 October 1979.
  15. ^ Hossain, Afif; Neng, Bama Nazarius. "The role of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility in Business expansion: The Case of Grameen Bank" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  16. ^ "Grameen bins Muhith claims". The Daily Star. 5 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  17. ^ Alam, Shahid (2015-02-02). "Reminiscences of Foreign Office Mandarins". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). Dhaka. Archived from the original on 2015-05-15. Retrieved 2016-01-04.
  18. ^ Alam, Shahid (2018-05-02). "Former foreign secretary Tabarak Husain dies at 94". Dhaka. Archived from the original on 2018-05-05. Retrieved 2018-05-05.

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