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BOGRA MUHAMMAD ALI (1901-1963)

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BOGRA, MUHAMMAD ALI (1901-1963) Muhammad Ali belonged to a landowning family from the Bogra district of Bangladesh He entered politics in the late 1930s, and was elected to the Bengal provincial assembly in 1936 After winning a provincial assembly seat in 1946, he was appointed parliamentary secretary in the Muslim League administration led by Khawaja Nazimuddin Following Pakistan’s birth, Bogra held a number of diplomatic positions including Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States He stayed in Washington, DC for a year, from 1952 to 1953 In 1953, he was summoned back to replace his old mentor, Nazimuddin, as prime minister of Pakistan He was the choice of Governor-General Ghulam Muhammad, who wanted the position to remain with a Bengali politician Bogra reorganized his cabinet in 1954 to include a number of professionals, among them General Muhammad Ayub Khan, the commander in chief of the Pakistan army



Bogra was dismissed as prime minister in 1955 and was sent back to Washington as ambassador, a position he held for three years In 1962, following the promulgation of a new constitution, Bogra joined the first civilian cabinet appointed by President Ayub Khan The president assigned him the important portfolio of foreign affairs, in part because of the close relations he had developed with the United States He died in office in 1963 and was succeeded as foreign minister by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

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