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Mr. Enayet Karim

Born in 1927, Enayet Karim was a brilliant student who secured the first position in Matriculation examination and later studied economics at University of Dhaka. After a brief teaching career with the same University, Enayet Karim joined the Pakistan Foreign Service in 1952. Karim served the Pakistani Missions in both Calcutta and New Delhi before assuming the key post of Director (India) in the Pakistan Foreign Ministry. In early 1970, Karim was posted to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington DC as Counsellor. In the initial stage of Bangladesh Liberation War, Karim propagated the cause of the independence of Bangladesh in the US diplomatic arena, but suffered two consecutive heart attacks within months and was hospitalized. In August 1971, in spite of his poort health conditions, Karim joined the Bengali officers at the US Embassy who formally announced their allegiance with the provisional Bangladesh Government. After the independence of Bangladesh, Karim was recalled to the headquarters and asked to assume the role of Foreign Secretary. Despite his delicate health conditions, Karim accepted the challenge and started working tirelessly to promote national interests and obtain recognition of Bangladesh by as many countries as possible. In February 1974, at the age of 47, while working at his office, Karim suffered his third heart attack which later proved fatal. In 1977, the Government of Bangladesh posthumously awarded him the Independence Day Award, the highest civilian award of the country.

July, 1972 to February, 1974