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Mr. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

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Mr. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
Politician
Senior Joint Secretary General-BNP

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, son of Mirza Ruhul Amin, was born on 1 August 1948 in Thakurgaon District, Bangladesh. He was born in a political family. His father was a veteran politician of Thakurgoan  where from he was elected as a member of parliament for several times. Alamgir’s uncle, Mirza Golam Hafiz, was a BNP politician who served in different ministries including the Minister of Land (1978–79), Minister of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs (1991–96), and was the speaker of the 2nd national parliament of Bangladesh (1979–82). Another uncle, Wing Commander S.R. Mirza, served in the first government of Bangladesh that was formed in exile known as the Mujibnagar Government in April 1971.

Fakhrul Islam was a student at the University of Dhaka majoring Economics where from he earned master’s degrees with honors. During his student life at DU, he was actively involved in student politics and was elected for the different post with a view to representing student’s interest. His mentionable posts at DU were a member of the then East Pakistan Students Union (EPSU), now known as Bangladesh Students Union, and the secretary general of the organization’s SM Hall unit in the university and later on the organization’s Dhaka University president. He has diversified backgrounds before entering into politics. He was a teacher of economics at Dhaka College in 1972 and also taught economics at Thakurgaon Government College until 1986.Fakhrul Islam started his political journey from the very grassroots level. In 1988 he contested for chairman election in Thakurgaon municipality as a neutral candidate and won. He joined BNP in the early 1990s and in 1992 he was nominated as the president of the BNP’s Thakurgaon district unit. Being defeated with the Awami League candidate in the 5th and 7th parliamentary election in 1991 and 1996 from Thakurgaon-1 constituency, he finally became the Member of Parliament (MP) in the 8th parliamentary election in 2001 from BNP and served as the Minister of State in charge of the Ministry of Agriculture and later as the Minister of State in charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism until 2006.

Fakhrul Islam emerged as top-dog politician by the 5th National Council of BNP held in December 2008 by which he was made as the senior joint secretary general, a high valued post previously held by Tarique Rahman, the son of Begum Khaleda Zia. Following the passing away of secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain in March 2011, Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was named as acting secretary general of the BNP by its chairperson, Begum Khaleda Zia on 21 March 2011. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is married to Rahat Ara Begum and blessed with two daughters Mirza Shamaruh and Mirza Safaruh.

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