Privileged Witness Memoirs of a Diplomat Arshad-uz-Zaman ISBN 984 05 1481 4 2000 250pp 215x136mm HB Tk.365.00 US$23.00
This account of a former diplomat brings forth new information on some of the important events of history that touches two South Asian nations, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The author had the privilege of witnessing events, which made history. It is a narration of events which took place over the past fifty years.
Of the makers of history, the foremost is Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of independent Bangladesh. It is the fulfillment of a thousand year old dream nourished in every Bengali heart, come true. The author was fortunate enough to know him from close quarters and work in his Government.
There are other historical personalities like Ismet Inonu, Rauf Orbay of Turkey, Charles de Gaulle, John F. Kennedy and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni of Iran. There are numerous others that the reader will be able to meet through the pages of this book. It is a journey through history and a close acquaintance with makers of history.
Arshad-uz Zaman graduated from the Calcutta University in 1947 and studied at the Institute d’Etudes Politiques of the Paris University. He started his career as a journalist and worked for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Karachi. He then joined the Pakistan Government and was assigned as Press Attache in Istanbul, Paris, New York Tokyo, Bonn. He also served as Public Relations Officer of Pakistan President Field Marshal Ayub Khan. He served as Director of Public Relations and Joint Secretary Government of East Pakistan during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. He joined the Government of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Prime Minister, as Director-General External Publicity and later worked as Chief of Protocol. He served as Bangladesh Ambassador in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, Senegal, Gambia and Egypt. He was elected to the post of Assistant Secretary-General, Organisation of Islamic Conference. He was adviser to Sheikh Hasina, present Prime Minister.
Arshad-uz Zaman contributes articles on current and international affairs in national dailies and weeklies of Bangladesh. He writes regular columns in the Daily Star, the daily Janakantha and weekly Dhaka Courier.
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