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Mr. Mustafizur Rahman

Mr. Mustafizur Rahman was born in 1940 in Kushtia to Mr. Neaz Ali and Mrs. Feroza Begum. He was the eldest of four brothers and two sisters. After obtaining BA (Honors) from Dhaka University, Mr. Mustafizur Rahman joined the erstwhile Pakistan Foreign Service began in 1964 and was subsequently posted to Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. During Bangladesh's liberation war, Mr. Rahman defected from the Pakistan government's service to open the first Bangladesh Embassy in Katmandu in 1971. After independence, he was posted as Counsellor to Bangladesh High Commission in London where he served until 1975. From 1975-79, Mr. Rahman held various positions at the headquarters, including Chief of Protocol and Director General of Administration Wing. In 1979, he went on to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission/ Minister in the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC. In 1981, at the age of 41, he took up his first head of mission assignment as Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia. Between 1984 and 1997, Mr. Mustafizur Rahman served as Bangladesh's Ambassador to Myanmar, the then USSR and China, with accreditations to Brunei, Vietnam, Finland, Mongolia, Hong Kong and North Korea. He also served as Additional Foreign Secretary from 1987 until 1990. Mr. Rahman was promoted to the rank of secretary in 1990. He assumed the position of Foreign Secretary in 1997 continued with the post until his demise in 1999 at the age of 59. Mr. Mustafizur Rahman was a respected member of his community, a committed civil servant and a dedicated family man. Amongst his many lifetime achievements, he proudly translated Jahanara Imam's legendary work "Ekattorer Dinguli" into its English version "Of Blood and Fire: The Untold Story of Bangladesh's War of Independence". Mr. Rahman was an avid violinist with a passion for music and poetry, and has held violin concerts in various countries to which he was posted. He is survived by his wife, Suraiya Rahman, three children and three grandchildren.

September, 1997 to February, 1999