|Preceded by Muhammad Ali Bogra|
Name Hamidul Choudhury
Succeeded by Feroz Khan Noon
Religion Sunni Islam
Party All-India Muslim League
|Alma mater Calcutta University|
Education University of Calcutta
Political party Muslim League
|Died January 21, 1992, Dhaka, Bangladesh|
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Hamidul Huq Chowdhury (Bengali: হামিদুল হক চৌধুরী) (Urdu: حمید الحق چودھری) (1901–1992) was a Bangladeshi and Pakistani politician. He was the founder of Pakistan Observer which changed to Bangladesh Observer after Bangladesh Liberation War. He was educated in Dhaka and Calcutta, and had a varied, distinguished and at times controversial career as a lawyer, politician and newspaper proprietor.
Hamidul Huq Chowdhury was born in Ramnagar village, Daganbhuiyan upazila, Feni district, (now Bangladesh) during the British Raj in 1901. Hamidul Huq was educated at the Dacca Collegiate School in Dhaka, Scottish Church Collegiate School and Presidency College in Calcutta and the Law College of the University of Calcutta. He was admitted as an Advocate before the Calcutta High Court and served for a time as a Crown Prosecutor. Hamidul Huq also served as a Legal Remembrancer for the Calcutta High Court. Following Partition in 1947, he had a long and distinguished legal practice before the Pakistan and subsequently Bangladesh High Courts, and celebrated his Golden Jubilee (50 years) as an advocate and member of the legal profession in 1987, at his residence, Neerala Garden House, Tejgaon, in Dhaka.
Hamidul Huq was elected to the Bengal Legislative Council in 1937 (serving as Deputy President of the Council) and was re-elected to the body in 1946. During his tenure on the Council, Hamidul Huq was a member of the Bengal Imperial Agriculture Council, Central Sugarcane Committee, Handloom Board, Textile Control Board and Industrial Development Enquiry Committee, and also a Fellow of Calcutta University. In 1947, Hamidul Huq represented the Muslim League before Sir Cyril Radcliffe's Boundary Commission.
Following partition in 1947, Hamidul Huq moved with his family to Dhaka, East Pakistan. Hamidul Huq started The Pakistan Observer in 11 March 1949. He was elected to the Pakistan Constitutional Assembly and was also a member of the East Bengal Legislative Assembly, during which time he served as the Minister for Finance, Commerce, Labour & Industries (1947–49). Subsequently, Hamidul was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan in 1955 as a leader of the Krishak Sramik Party and served as the third Foreign Minister of Pakistan (1955–56). Hamidul Huq participated in the Round Table Conference of Pakistani government and opposition leaders in Rawalpindi in 1969. He moved to West Pakistan because he was denied citizenship by the government of Bangladesh in 1972 after independence. He was allowed to return to Bangladesh in 1978 by the Bangladeshi Government.
Hamidul Huq was married to Halima Banu. He died in Dhaka on 21 January 1992.