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Ghulam Azam

Politician + Emir
Male
Born Nov 7, 1922
Age 92
Hometown Dhaka
Political Party Jamaat-e-Islami B...
Religion Islam
Nationality Bangladeshi
Alma Mater Dhaka University

Ghulam Azam is a retired Bangladeshi Islamist political leader. He was the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh until 2000. Azam opposed the independence of Bangladesh before and during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War which according to him was out of a desire to maintain a unified Pakistan, and for fear of Indian hegemony.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1922 Birth Born on November 7, 1922.

TWENTIES

1947 24 Years Old Azam entered politics as a student leader at Dhaka University, and in 1947 became the Secretary General of the Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU). … Read More
1950 27 Years Old Between 1950 and 1955, Azam was teaching at the Government Carmichael College in Rangpur.
1952 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He was arrested in 1952 for his association with the language movement and dismissed from his teaching position at the college.

THIRTIES

1954 31 Years Old In 1954, Azam became the head of the Rangpur branch of the East Pakistan Islamic cultural organisation, Tamaddun Majlish. … Read More
1955 32 Years Old In 1955, while in jail, Azam became a member of Maududi's Jamaat-e-Islami party.
1957 34 Years Old He soon rose through the ranks of the party and became the General Secretary of Jamaat-i-Islaami in East Pakistan in 1957.

FORTIES

1964 41 Years Old In 1964, the Ayub Khan regime banned Jamaat-i-Islaami, and Azam was arrested. … Read More
1967 44 Years Old He was also a participant in the formation of the Pakistan Democratic Alliance in 1967. … Read More
1969 46 Years Old In 1969, he became the Ameer (president) of the Jamaat in East Pakistan, a position he was going to keep until the 1971 Liberation war.
1970 47 Years Old During 1970, while Azam was the head of Jamaat-i-Islami, a number of political rallies, including rallies of Jamaat-i-Islaami, were attacked by armed mobs alleged to be incited by the Awami League.
During the Bangladesh Liberation War, Ghulam Azam took a political stance in support of unified Pakistan, and repeatedly denounced Awami League and Mukti Bahini secessionists, whose declared aim after 26 March 1971 became the establishment of an independent state of Bangladesh in place of East Pakistan.

FIFTIES

1973 50 Years Old After the war, the Bangladesh government declared the newly independent country to be secular and religion based political parties were banned. On 18 April 1973 the government revoked the citizenship of Ghulam Azam and thirty-eight other alleged collaborators of Pakistan Army.
Azam refused an offer of amnesty from the then Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to return to Bangladesh and renounce Jamaat politics, choosing to live in exile in Pakistan and England until 1978, when President Ziaur Rahman restored multi-party democratic system, Jamaat re-launched itself, seizing the democratic opportunity, and soon Ghulam Azam returned to Bangladesh on a temporary visa.

LATE ADULTHOOD

1992 69 Years Old In 1992, Dhaka University Professor Anisuzzaman submitted allegations against Ghulam Azam to a mock court called "the People's Court" in 1992, alleging that after 1971 Azam tried to convince many political leaders of Middle East and Pakistan not to support the newborn nation. … Read More
1994 71 Years Old 1 More Event
His citizenship was granted in 1994 by a decision of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, as the panel of Judges, with Muhammad Habibur Rahman as the Chief Justice (later chief of the Caretaker government of 1996), decreed that by virtue of his birth he had right to Bangladeshi citizenship. … Read More
…  On 11 January 2012, he was arrested on charges of committing war crimes in Bangladesh Liberation War by the International Crimes Tribunal. … Read More
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