Shajahan Khan

Shajahan Khan
Member of the Parliament of Bangladesh
Assembly Member
for Madaripur-2
Assumed office
2009
Appointed by Prime minister of Bangladesh
President Abdul Hamid
Minister Sheikh Hasina
Constituency 219
Minister of the Ministry of Shipping (Bangladesh)
Assumed office
2009
Personal details
Political party Bangladesh Awami League

Shajahan Khan (Bengali: শাজাহান খান) is a Bangladeshi politician, Member of Bangladesh Parliament and current Minister of Shipping of Bangladesh . He is the executive president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation.[1]

Early life

Khan was born on January 1, 1952 in Madaripur. His father was late Advocate Moulavi Asmat Ali Khan and mother, late Tajan Nesa Begum, was a housewife.

Khan studied till fourth grade in United Islamia High School, Madaripur.

Career

Khan was first elected to the Jatiyo Sangshad in 1986. He was elected for his fifth term on December 29, 2008, and was sworn in as Shipping Minister on July 31, 2009. In November 2013, he was named Minister of Shipping and Liberation Affairs in the interim cabinet, retaining the Shipping Ministry portfolio following the national elections in January 2014.[2][3]

Controversy

On 23 August 2011, transport workers loyal to Khan stole newspapers from hawkers and transport vehicles because the newspapers criticized the role Khan played in corruption in granting driving licenses. He is the President of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation.[4] He has been criticised for defending drivers violating traffic laws and preventing the strengthening of traffic laws.[5][6] As Minister of Shipping he defended chief engineer of the Department of Shipping AKM Fakhrul Islam and protected him from departmental action. AKM Fakhrul Islam was arrested on 11 August 2017 by Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission with half a million taka in bribe.[7] He has supported CBA leaders at Bangladesh Bank worrying officers at the bank.[8] He was criticised over the recruitment at Chittagong port by government MP Mayeen Uddin Khan Badal and Opposition MP Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu.[9]

On July 29, 2018 he was criticized for commenting lightheartedly with a smiley face about a road accident which led to the death of at least two students.[10][11] Following his remark, countrywide protests and road blockades were held by the students demanding his resignation as a minister.[12] He later apologised for his remarks.[13]

Personal

Khan is married and has one daughter and two sons.

References

  1. "Minister Shajahan Khan apologises for insensitive remarks about deaths of students in crash". Retrieved 2018-08-03.
  2. "Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan urges workers to be vigilant against radicals". Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  3. "Trial run of Payra port starts today". 2016-07-31. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  4. "Newspapers snatched". The Daily Star. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  5. "Kamal Lohani raps Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan for defending errant drivers". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  6. "Transport sector-tied ministers blocking law to stop road accidents: Journalist". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  7. "Shipping Minister Shajahan backed chief engineer arrested on bribery charges". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  8. "Shajahan Khan at it again". The Daily Star. 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  9. "Shipping minister criticised at parliament". The Daily Star. 2017-11-19. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  10. "Outrage over Shajahan's smile, remarks". The Daily Star. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  11. "Outrage over Shajahan's smile, remarks". The Daily Star. 2018-07-31. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  12. "Grieving students end blockade on Airport Road, place nine-point demand". Dhaka Tribune. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  13. "Shajahan Khan offers apology". The Daily Star. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-08-01.

Sources

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