A Brief Biography Of Mr. Loqman Husain (T.Q.A)

Mr Loqman Husain was born in Baramanika Panchbibi P.S in the District of Bogra on the 13th of June 1929. From his childhood he was a brilliant student and from class II onwards he supplemented for his education from the scholarship he received. He passed his matriculation exam from Bogra Zilla School in 1943 with distinction in five subjects and stood 15 in the order of merit. Two years later he passed his I.Sc examination from Rajshahi College and went to enroll in the Bengal Engineering College at Shibpur, India. From there he graduated with a first class at mechanical engineering in 1949. He was one of the first ever Muslims in the undivided Bengal to do so.

He joined the Post and Telegraph department of Pakistan in the year 1953 as an Assistant Divisional Engineer and after probation he was posted at Kotri as Assistant Superintendent of telegraph workshop. In 1955 he was promoted to Divisional Engineer of telegraph and was posted in Chittagong. In 1959 Mr. Husain was send to Australia on training under the Colombo Plan. After arrival he was promoted to Director of Telegraph. From 1961-64 he served as Director of stores and Deputy Chief Engineer. In 1964 he was promoted to General Manager of the Eastern Telecommunication Region. Mr Husain was awarded the Tamgha-i-Quaid-i-Azam on the independence day of Pakistan in 1964 in recognition for his selfless services to the state and for the massive development of telecommunication in the eastern region. In 1967 in addition to the post of GM Eastern Telecommunication Region Mr. Husain was also delegated as the Managing Director of telecommunication factories (TSS). In 1969 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Engineer planning and was posted in Karachi. When the war broke down Mr. Husain renounced his T.Q.A and came to Bangladesh. He was arrested on the evening of the 26th of March 1971 and was taken into custody by the Pakistani military forces. He was in jail for the whole nine months. After liberation he became the first Director General of the T&T department a position he held from the 17th of December 1971 to the 17th of April 1972. In 1972 T&T department was moved from the Ministry of Communications and was made into a separate ministry which was Ministry of Post Telegraph and Telephone. He became the first secretary to the Ministry of PT&T. He held the position from the 17th of April 1972 to the 1st of June 1976. When T&T department was transformed into a board in 1975, Mr. Husain became the first Chairman of the T&T board, a position he served from the 1st of September 1975 to the 1st of June 1976, afterwards he was moved to the Cyclone Reconstruction Board under the Ministry of Planning as the Chairman of the board. In 1979 Mr. Husain was unanimously elected as the Secretary General of Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT), an international intergovernmental organization specializing in telecommunications with headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. In achieving this position he became the highest paid and highest placed Bangladeshi diplomat of his time and the first Bangladeshi to become the chief executive of an international agency. Mr. Husain passed away in Bangkok on the 27th of April 1981.

He was a widely traveled man; he visited the United States, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and other parts of Europe. He visited major parts of Asia including India, Pakistan, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Russia and also visited the far east including Australia and New Zealand. He has also visited Saudi Arabia and preformed his Umra. Some major contribution to the T&T includes the Cable Factory in Khulna, the Telephone Shilpa Shankstha in Tongi, establishment of Betbunia Satellite Station in Chittagong.