Tarique Zia is the elder son of former President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam, one of the key military leaders in the Bangladeshi War of Independence in 1971, and Khaleda Zia, former Prime Minister of Bangladesh. He spent most of his life in Dhaka Cantonment. Tarique Zia is married to Zubaida Khan, the youngest daughter of Rear Admiral Mahbub Ali Khan, former Chief of Naval Staff of Bangladesh Navy. Zubaida Rahman is a physician working in the government. Their daughter Zaima Rahman who studies at the  is fourteen years old.


November 20, 1967 (age 45)


Senior Vice Chairperson

Political party

Bangladesh Nationalist Party


Zubaida Rahman


Zaima Rahman


Ziaur Rahman

Khaleda Zia


About His Father & Mother

SHAHID President Ziaur Rahman

Ziarur RahmanSHAHID President Ziaur Rahman (1936-1981) BIR-UTTOM ,  President of Bangladesh until death, Chief of Army Staff, Leading Freedom Fighter, Declared the Independence of BANGLADESH , born on 19th January’1936 at Bagbari in Bogra. His father Mr. Mansur Rahman was a chemist working in a government department in CALCUTTA. Zia’s early childhood was spent partly in the Calcutta and partly in the rural area of Bogra. After the partition of India ,when his father was transferred to Karachi, Zia had to leave the Hare School in Calcutta and became a student of the Academy School in Karachi. He completed his Secondary Education from that School in 1952. In 1953 , he got himself admitted into the D.J College in Karachi. At the same year he joined to Pakistan Military Academy at Kakul as an Officer Cadet.

Ziaur Rahman was Commissioned in 1955 as a Second Lieutenant, served there 2 years and in 1957 transferred to East Bengal Regiment.He worked in the Military Intelligence Department from 1959 to 1964. In the Indo-Pak war of 1965 he made his mark as a valiant fighter in the Khemkaran sector as the Commander of a Company . He was appointed as a Professional Instructor in the Pakistan Military Academy in 1966.  After returning from Germany at 1970 , Ziaur Rahman than a Major, transferred to Eight East Bengal Regiment at Chittagong as it’s Second in Command.

 Night of 25th March’1971, after the Military Crackdown, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was arrested, all the Political leaders were dispersed, people were at a loss, thousand of people were dead by Pakistani Army. At that time Political Leaderships failed to give any direction to overcome or survive.At  the crucial moment the Eight East Bengal Regiment under the Leadership of Major Ziaur Rahman revolted against the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Government and took up Bangladesh flag on the night between 26th and 27th March’1971. Then he took up the momentous decision to DECLARING THE INDEPENDENCE OF BANGLADESH. He was the FIRST who declared the Through certain creative moves, President Zia drew BANGLADESH into the world of the liberal west, the fraternal middle

 and asked everyone to join to fight against PAKISTAN. He declared the Independence of Bangladesh from KALUR GHAT BETAR KENDRO, Chittagong and secondly he added the name of National Leader Sheikh Majibur Rahman name in his declaration. Major Zia and his troops were in the forefront of the war of Independence , they kept the Chittagong and Noakhali areas under control for a few days and went across the border for further preparations. Ziaur Rahman played a brilliant role in the Liberation War both at the level of planning and execution. As the Commander of Sector-1 upto June’1971, later as the Head of Z-Force , he distinguished himself as a brave warrior and were offered the Gallanty Award of BIR-UTTAM.

After the most creditable performances during Liberation War , he was appointed as Brigade Commander in Comilla in June’1972,In the end of 1973, Zia became Major General and he was the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces. on 25th August’1975 when Khondakar Moshtaq Ahmed took over the office of the Presidency, Zia became the Chief Of Army Staff. When Khaled Mosharaf with the support of Dhaka Brigade under the Command of Shafat Jamil staged a coup detat on 3rd November’1975, Zia was forced to resign his command and was put under House Arrest. On 7th November’1975 , People and Solders come out and they made Zia free from House Arrest and forced him to take the Full Command of Bangladesh Army again, that was very known by the name of SHIPAHY-JONOTA BIPLOB and that took him to the center of political power.

In a meeting at the Army Headquarter on 7th November’1971, a new administrative setup for the running of an Interim Government was arranged with Justice Sayem as the President and Chief Martial Law Administrator and the 3 services chiefs, Major General Ziaur Rahman, Air Vice-Marshal MG Tawab & Rear Admiral M H Khan , as Deputy Chief Administrators. Major General Ziaur Rahman became Chief Martial Law Administrator on 19th November’1976 when Justice Sayem relinquished his position and ultimately Zia became President of Bangladesh on 21st April’1977 when President Justice Sayem resigned.

Assuming the Office as the Head of the State Ziaur Rahman issued a proclamation order amending the Constitution to insert BISMILLAH-HER-RAHMANUR RAHIM(In the name of ALLAH, Most Beneficent,the Most Merciful) in the Preamble of the Constitution. In article 8(1) and 8(1A) , the Principle of “Absolute Trust and Faith in the Almighty ALLAH” has been added. In article 8(1), Socialism has been defined as “Economic and Social Justice”, article 25(2) , has been provided that “The State shall Endeavour to Consolidate, Preserve and Strengthen Fraternal relations among Muslim Countries based on Islamic Solidarity.”

President Zia introduced and popularized the new concept of BANGLADESHI Nationalism, he believed that in Bangaldesh where people are of diverse ethnicity and where they profess different faith, have different cultural trails and various life style, Nationalism should better be conceptualized in terms of territory rather than Language or Culture . BANGLADESHI Nationalism took firm root and shape as a unifying force with it’s emphasis on national unity and integration of all citizens of Bangladesh irrespective of caste, creed, gender, culture, religion and ethnicity.

Through certain creative moves, President Zia drew BANGLADESH into the world of the liberal west, the fraternal Middle East and West Asia, and the rising South East Asia. He attended many international conferences and visited dozens of Countries to promote the cause of the Nation’s multilateral and bilateral relations. The dividend was rich, Bangladesh was elected to the Security Council in one of it’s non-permanent seats in 1978 and became actively involved in the activities of the UN Members. In the Middle East and West Asia , Bangladesh emerged as a forceful actor. It was President Zia who conceived of the idea of and initiated actions for Regional Co-operation in South Asia. For that purpose, he visited these countries during 1979-1980 to speak of the need to develop a framework for mutual co-operation, South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation(SAARC) was outcome of his efforts which was formally launched in Dhaka in 1985. President Zia did not survive to see his dream come true. President Zia was assassinated in Chittagong on 30th May’1981 in an abortive Army Coup. He lies buried at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka.

Begum Khaleda Zia

Fischer in BangladeshBegum Khaleda Zia was born in 1945 at Dinajpur District, north-western Bangladesh .her father Iskandar Majumder was a businessman and Mother Taiyaba Majumder was housewife. Bagum Zia’s Husband , one of the most prominent HEROES of the LIBERATION WAR of BANGLADESH in 1971. Later he became the most popular PRESIDENT of BANGLADESH and he founded the Bangladesh Most Popular and Biggest Political Party BANGLADESH NATINONALIST PARTY known as BNP in 1978.

Begum Khaleda Zia didn’t take any interest in either POLITICS or PUBLICLIFE until the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman in an abortive Military Coup in Chittagong on 30th May’1981. Bagum Zia devoted most of her timegrooming up her 2sons even when her Husband was propelled to power after the political changes in 1975. After the assassination of President Ziaur Rahman , his Vice-President Justice Abdus Sattar took over as the Acting President of BANGLADESH and also took the Chairman of BNP.

By the pressure of BNP activist , Begum Zia agreed to took a post in BNP and she appointed as Vice-Chairman of BNP on February’1984. She became The Chairperson when Justice Sattar retired from politics on 10th August’1984, at the same year the party Elected her The Chairperson. Meanwhile BNP formed  a Seven Party alliance in September’1983 to step up movement against The Autocratic Regime of General Ershad. Begum Zia was detained seven times during almost nine years of autocratic rule.

In the face of mass upsurge spearhead by Begum Zia, President Ershad resiged on 6th December’1990 and handedover power to a neutral caretaker government, bringing an end of his nine-year autocratic rule.

In 1991, Begum Zia became the Country’s FIRST WOMAN Prime Minister through a Free & Fair general election on 27th February and formed the government . She become Prime Minister for the SECOND consecutive term after the BNP hada landsline victory in February’1996 general election to the Sixth National Parliament. For THIRD time she became Prime Minister on 01 October’2001 general election.

When in power , The government of Begum Zia made considerable progress  in the EDUCATION Sector, Introducing Compulsory free Primary Education, Free Education for GIRLS upto Class Ten, Stipend for the GIRL students and Food for Education program. That government increased the age-limit for entry into Government services from 27th years to 30 years and made Highest Budgetary Allocation in the Education Sector.