Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan

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Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan
মৌলভি তমিজউদ্দিন খান
Speaker of the National Assembly
In office
11 June 1962 – 19 August 1963
DeputyMohammad Afzal Cheema
Preceded byAbdul Wahab Khan
Succeeded byFazlul Qadir Chaudhry
In office
11 September 1948 – 12 August 1955
DeputyM.H. Gazder
Preceded byMohammad Ali Jinnah
Succeeded byAbdul Wahab Khan
Personal details
BornMarch 1889
Faridpur, Bengal Presidency, British India
Died19 August 1963(1963-08-19) (aged 74)
Dacca, East Pakistan, Pakistan
Political partyMuslim League (1915–1963)
Indian National Congress (1921–1926)
ChildrenRazia Khan (daughter)
Alma materPresidency College, Kolkata
Surendranath College
University of Calcutta

Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan (M. T. Khan; March 1889 – 19 August 1963)[1][2] was the Speaker of Pakistan's Constituent Assembly from 1948 to 1954 and National Assembly of Pakistan between 1962 and 1963.[3]

Early life[edit]

Khan completed his master's in English in 1913 and LLB in 1915 and started his legal profession in Faridpur.[2] He was elected vice-chairman of Faridpur Municipality. In 1926, he got elected to the Bengal Legislative Assembly from Faridpur.[2] He joined the Indian National Congress. He later became the secretary of the Anjuman-i-Islamia and subsequently joined the Muslim League.[2]


Khan created history when the Constituent Assembly was dismissed by Governor General Ghulam Mohammad in 1954. Khan challenged the dismissal in the court and the case was filed in the morning of 7 November 1954, by Advocate Manzar-e-Alam.[4] Although the High Court agreed and overturned it, the Federal Court under Justice Muhammad Munir upheld the dismissal. He had been president of the Basic Principles Committee set up in 1949.

"Justice A. R. Cornelius was the sole dissenting judge in the landmark judgment handed down by the Supreme Court in the Maulvi Tamizuddin case. That judgment altered the course of politics in Pakistan forever and sealed the fate of democracy. The law had guided him as he had interpreted it and his conscience.".[5]

The decision to uphold the dismissal of the constituent assembly was to mark the beginning of the overt role of Pakistan's military and civil establishment in Pakistani politics.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Khan's daughters' were Razia Khan and Qulsum Huda Khan.[7][8] Razia was a Ekushey Padak winning writer and poet.[9] Qulsum was one of the founders and vice-chancellors of Central Women's University.[10]


  1. ^ Council, West Bengal (India) Legislature Legislative (1963). Council Debates: Official Report (in Bengali). West Bengal Government Press.
  2. ^ a b c d Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Khan, Tamizuddin". In Islam, Sirajul; Ahsan, Manzur. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  3. ^ "SPEAKERS". Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  4. ^ The Test of Time: My Life and Days by Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan, Chapter Six.
  5. ^ For the Love of Cricket' by Omar Kureishi "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
  6. ^ "Parlamientary History". Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2017-11-23.
  7. ^ "Those who passed on…". The Daily Star. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  8. ^ "Dr. M.N. Huda : As I knew him". The Daily Star. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  9. ^ "Razia Khan Amin's 2nd anniversary of death today". The Daily Star. 2013-12-28. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  10. ^ "Simeen's works a beacon of light". The Daily Star. 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2018-08-24.