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Ziaur Rahman

Personal data
Date of birth19 January 1936
Place of birthBagbari, British Empire (now Bangladesh)
Date of death30 May 1981(age 45)
Place of deathChittagong, Bangladesh
Political partyNationalist Party
SpouseKhaleda Zia
Alma materD. J. Science College
Pakistan Military Academy
Command and Staff College
ProfessionMilitary, Politician
ReligionIslam
Military service
AllegiancePakistan
Bangladesh Forces
Bangladesh
Service/branchPakistan Army
Bangladesh Army
Years of service1953 1978
RankLieutenant General
AwardsBir Uttom
Hilal-i-Jur'at
President of Bangladesh
Assumed office21 April 1977
Prime ministerMashiur Rahman (Acting)
Shah Azizur Rahman

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President Ziaur Rahman, Bir Uttam, ( Ji-yaur Rôhman) (January 19, 1936 May 30, 1981) was a Bangladeshi politician and general, who read the declaration of Independence of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971 on behalf of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He later became the seventh President of Bangladesh from 1977 until 1981. A highly decorated and accomplished military officer, he retired from the Bangladesh Army as a Lieutenant General. He was commander of sector 1, transferred to teldhala in May 1971. He organised and created Sector 11 and remained its commander. During August 1971, He was appointed Brigade Commander of the Bangladesh Forces during the Bangladesh war of independence with Pakistan. During his administration, he first founded JAGODAL but he himself did not become a member of it. Then he founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), one of the two largest political parties in the country. He is popularly known as Shaheed President Zia, meaning martyred Zia, in reference to his 1981 assassination.


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