Muhammad Mansur Ali

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Muhammad Mansur Ali
মোঃ মনসুর আলী
Sculpture of Muhammad Mansur Ali
Sculpture of Muhammad Mansur Ali
3rd Prime Minister of Bangladesh
In office
25 January 1975 – 15 August 1975
President Mujibur Rahman
Preceded by Mujibur Rahman
Succeeded by Mashiur Rahman (Acting)
Personal details
Born 16 January 1917
Kuripara, Bengal Presidency, British India
(now Sirajganj, Bangladesh)
Died 3 November 1975 (aged 58)
Political party Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League (1975)
Other political
All-India Muslim League (Before 1949)
Awami League (1949–1975)
Children Mohammed Nasim
Alma mater Maulana Azad College
Aligarh Muslim University

Muhammad Mansur Ali (16 January 1917 – 3 November 1975) was a Bangladeshi politician who was a close confidant of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of Bangladesh. A senior leader of the Awami League, Mansur also served as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in 1975.[1]

Early life

Muhammad Mansur Ali was born on 16 January 1917 in Kuripara, Kazipur, Sirajganj District in the province of Bengal (now in Bangladesh).[2] Mansur pursued his education in Kolkata Islamia College (now Maulana Azad College). He would pursue a MA degree in economics and law from the Aligarh Muslim University. During this period Mansur became an active member of the Muslim League, which under Muhammad Ali Jinnah demanded a separate Muslim state of Pakistan. He served as the vice-president of the Pabna District Muslim League from 1946 to 1950. He would join the Pakistan Army, receive training at Jessore Cantonment and attained the rank of army captain. Deciding to practise law, he enrolled in the Pabna District Court in 1951.[3]

Political career

He would soon be elected member of Awami League's central executive committee and president of its Pabna District unit. Mansur was arrested by police in 1952 for helping to organise protests against the declaration of Urdu as the sole official language, in what became known as the Language Movement. Mansur and his party demanded that Bengali also receive recognition and the provinces be granted autonomy. After his release, Mansur was elected a member of the East Pakistan Legislative Assembly in 1954 as a candidate of the United Front alliance of various political parties. In the cabinet headed by Ataur Rahman Khan, Mansur served in different periods as the province's minister of law, parliamentary affairs, food, agriculture, commerce and industry. Mansur was re-arrested in the aftermath of the coup d'etat led by Ayub Khan, who became President of Pakistan and imposed martial law. He would remain incarcerated from 1958 to 1959.[3]

Mansur Ali played an important role in the Six point movement led by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who demanded substantial regional autonomy and opposed the military regime. In the 1970 elections, he was elected member of the legislative assembly. At the outbreak of the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, Mansur went underground to organise a government in exile. Mansur became the minister of finance in the Mujibnagar government. After the independence of Bangladesh, Mansur was the minister of communications and later home affairs. After the introduction of a one-party, presidential system in 1975, Mujib became the President of Bangladesh. Mansur was appointed the prime minister. He helped Mujib organise the Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League.[3]

Personal life

He married Begum Amina the daughter of a District Judge from the area of Rangpur. They had five sons and one daughter. His eldest son Dr Mohammad Selim became an advocate from Bangladesh and studied for the BAR at Lincoln's Inn, he is a prominent political figure and became Presidium member for Awami League and held the position of Chairman of Bangladesh Foreign affairs committee as well as being an MP representing his fathers constituency Kazipur in Sirajganj District. His second son Mohammad Nasim also became a leader of prominence and was MP and held ministerial posts of Telecoms and Home for Awami League government between 1996 and 2001


On 15 August 1975, Mujib was assassinated along with his family by a group of military officers. It is believed that the plot was masterminded by Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad, a disgruntled member of Mujib's regime who would become president. Mansur went into hiding immediately after the killing. When Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad invited Awami League leaders such as Mansur Ali, Syed Nazrul Islam, A. H. M. Qamaruzzaman and Tajuddin Ahmad to join his government, they refused.[3] They were arrested by the army on 23 August 1975. Refusing to support Ahmad's regime, they were murdered while incarcerated in the Dhaka Central Jail on 3 November.[4]


  1. ^ Baig, Md. Azom (2012). "Ali, Captain M Mansur". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ "In Memorium". Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ali, Captain M Mansur – Banglapedia". Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Supreme Court publishes full judgment of Jail Killing case". Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  • Hariharan, R. (5 November 2004). "Getting Away With Murder: Politicisation of Crime in Bangladesh". South Asia Analysis Group. Archived from the original on 4 December 2004. 
  • Rahman, Syedur (2010). Historical Dictionary of Bangladesh (4th ed.). Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 88. ISBN 9780810874534. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mujibur Rahman
Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Succeeded by
Mashiur Rahman
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