Fakrul Islam Munshi
Fakrul Islam Munshi

General Information
Former Deputy Minister
Politics, Business

Full Name: A. F. M. Fakrul Islam Munshi

Affiliation: Bangladesh Awami League

Current Position: Advisory Committee Member

Date of Birth: November 29, 1947

Date of Death: October 21, 2023

Place of Birth: Bangladesh

Home District: Comilla

Constituency: 252, Comilla-4

Term: Second (3rd-1986, 4th-1988)

Nationality: Bangladeshi


A. F. M. Fakrul Islam Munshi (born 29 November 1947 - 21 October 2023) was a Bangladeshi politician, businessman, Former Deputy Minister and former Member of Parliament represented Comilla 4 constituency. He was a Member of Parliament elected for Jatiya Party in 1986 third and 1988 fourth National Parliament elections. He served as the Minister of Shipping and Finance in cabinet of President Hussain Mohammad Ershad. He joined Awami League after his term ended. He was the President of the Bangladesh Agro Processors Association.

Munshi was born in a noble Muslim family of Bonkot village, 10 no. Gunaighar South Union of Debidwar Upazila. His Father late Nurul Islam Munshi was district registrar and mother late Feroza Begum was a housewife. Munshi is the grandson of former education minister Maulovi Mofiz Uddin Ahmed. Munshi is the nephew of former minister and former Member of Parliament from Comilla-4 (Debidwar) constituency, former panel speaker of Jatiya Sangsad, chairman of parliamentary standing committee on government institutions, former secretary of several ministries, and first CSP officer of Debidwar ABM Golam Mustafa, proprietor of Ganga Cosmetics and Shakti Pharmacy late Ghulam Yunus and former DIG Ghulam Morshed. Munshi's second son Razi Mohammad Fakhrul is an elected Member of Parliament from Comilla-4 Devidwar Constituency.

During Munshi’s father's transfer career, he passed SSC from Chandpur District Sadar High School and higher secondary from Dhaka College with merit. He completed Honors in Economics from Dhaka University and Masters in Economics from the same University. Later he obtained Diploma in Ayurvedic Medical Science from Dhaka Nur-Majid Ayurvedic College.

Munshi was involved in student politics from 1965-1970. While studying at Dhaka University, he served as Social Welfare Secretary in Dhaka University's SM Hall Student's Union Election (1965-1966) and as General Secretary of Dhaka University's Department of Economics (1967-1968 and 1968-1969). He was the leader of the NSF, the organ of the Muslim League. During the 1970s, when violent movements were going on across the country against the misrule of the ruling party in Pakistan, Munshi then came out with a section from the NSF and declared solidarity with the 11 points movement of Chhatra Sangram Parishad and spoke as one of the 10 national student leaders along with Tofail Ahmed at the Chhatra Sangram Parishad's mass gathering at the Race Course Field on 3 February.

In 1980-1981, Munshi entered the politics in Devidwar. For a long time, he has been giving his labor, talent and services to the soil and people of Devidwar. In the beginning, he was involved with BNP politics. Later in 1982, Ershad government came to power through military rule. Munshi also joined the Jatiya Party, the new political party of military chief Lt. J. H M Ershad. In the first upazila parishad election in 1985, Munshi was elected unopposed as chairman of Devidwar upazila parishad for Jatiya Party. At the same time he was elected Chairman of 'Bangladesh Upazila Parishad Chairman's Association'. As a result, he was elected as Member of Parliament from Comilla-4 (Debidwar) Constituency in 1986 and 1988 from Jatiya Party of third and fourth Jatiya Sangsad elections.

Munshi was elected a member of the Council of Ministers in Ershad's Jatiya Party government in 1986 and served as Deputy Minister of Shipping and IWT and Deputy Minister of Finance in 1987-1988. In 1987, he led the high-powered economic delegation sent by the Bangladesh government on economic issues with China. In 1988, he served as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Estimates.

In 1991, Munshi participated in the Fifth National Parliament election as an independent candidate with the watch symbol and was defeated. Munshi joined Bangladesh Awami League in 1995. He was nominated by Awami League in the 6th National Parliament election in 1996 and was defeated by a narrow margin. Again in 2001, he was defeated in the Awami League nomination with the boat symbol.

From 2006 to the present time, Munshi has served as a member of Bangladesh Awami League Central Advisory Council for four terms. He is the President of Bangladesh Agro Processing Association (BAPA), Chairman of FBCCI Standing Committee on Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Unani and Herbal Medicine, Director of the Management Committee of Hartex Foundation etc.

Munshi passed away at United Hospital hospital in Dhaka on Saturday, October 21, 2023.

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