Journalist of Bangladesh



(Educationist And Journalist)
(1900- 1968)


Altaf Husain (26 January 1900 – 25 May 1968) was a prominent figure in the Pakistan independence movement and a well-respected educationist and journalist. Born in the early 20th century, he was a dedicated activist who played a key role in promoting the cause of Pakistani independence from British colonial rule. Throughout his life, he was a champion of education and social justice, working tirelessly to promote these values in his community and beyond. Though he faced numerous challenges and obstacles, he remained steadfast in his commitment to the independence movement and his vision for a better future for Pakistan. His thinking and actions still inspire future generations, who remember him as a visionary leader and a true patriot.

Altaf Husain was an important person in the history of Pakistan. He started one of the first English-language newspapers in the country, “Dawn”, and was its editor for almost 20 years. He also served as the Industry Minister in the government under President Ayub Khan. He was a strong supporter of the independence movement for Pakistan. He wrote many important articles to help the movement. He even translated a famous poem from Urdu into English.

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Life of “Altaf Husain” At a Glance

Known For: One of the pioneers of journalism in Pakistan

Born: 26 January 1900

Age: 68

Birthplace: Kulaura, District of Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Nationality: Pakistani


British India (1900–47)

Pakistan (1947–68)

Father: Maulvi Ahmed Ullah

Brother: Anwar Husain


BA, University of Calcutta

MA, University of Dhaka




Ajmal Husain

Afsar Husain

Zeba Zubair

Ejaz Husain

Political party: Muslim League

Awards: Hilal-e-Pakistan award

Death: 25 May 1968

Resting place: Paposh nagar Nazimabad Cemetery

Early Life And Education

Altaf Husain was born on January 26, 1900 in Kulaura , District of Moulvibazar, Bangladesh. His father was named Ahmad Ullah. He received his education from Murari Chand College in Sylhet. Later Husain moved to Calcutta to attend the University of Calcutta to study English language. He received a BA in English from there and moved to Dhaka. After that he attended Dhaka University to study English Literature and subsequently earned a Masters degree in 1923.


After completing graduation, Altaf Husain got a job with the government in Kolkata and was in charge of spreading information to the public from 1942 to 1943. He then went to work for the Indian government in their information department, giving advice about the press. Despite working for the Indian government, he started writing political articles for the newspaper “Statesman” in Calcutta. He wrote a column every two weeks called “Through the Muslim Eyes” under a pen name, Ain-el-Mulk, to express the perspective of Muslims.


Altaf Husain left his job in the Indian government and started writing for the newspaper “Statesman” under the pen name “Shaheed.” He also wrote for another newspaper called “Star of India.” His writing was so good that the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, wanted to meet him. Later, Jinnah asked Altaf to be the editor-in-chief of a newspaper called “Dawn” which Jinnah had started in 1945. Altaf took over this job in 1944 and started his work in “Dawn”.


Altaf Husain was an important person in the creation of Pakistan. He was the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Dawn” and was trusted by the leader of the independence movement, Jinnah. He helped make Pakistan a separate country for Muslims and was a powerful voice outside of the government. After Pakistan was created, he moved the newspaper to Karachi and continued to be its editor until 1965. He also taught journalism at a university in Karachi. He spoke out against the idea of separating East Pakistan from the rest of Pakistan.


In 1965, President Ayub Khan asked Altaf Husain to join the government, which was surprising to many. He became the Industry Minister of Pakistan and helped with the fast growth of industry and the selling of government-owned companies to private owners. He kept this job until 1968 when he quit because of poor health.


Altaf Husain quit his job as the minister of industry 10 days before he passed away on May 25, 1968. His grave is in Paposh nagar Nazimabad Cemetery. The street where he published a newspaper called “Dawn” is now called Altaf Husain Road in Karachi.


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