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Ziaur Rahman (Zia; also Zia ur-Rahman)

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Born: 1936 AD
Died: 1981 AD, at 45 years of age.

Nationality: Bangladeshi
Categories: Politician, Presidents, Prime Ministers

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1936 – He was born in the village of Bagbari in the Bogra District of the province of Bengal (now in northwest Bangladesh.)
 
1953 – He spent his adolescent years in Karachi and enrolled in the D. J. College.
 
1955 – He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Pakistan Army.
   
1957 – He was transferred to the East Bengal Regiment after serving for two years in Karachi.
   
1959 – He worked in the department of military intelligence.
 
1960 – His marriage was arranged to Khaleda Zia, a young Bengali girl from the Dinajpur District who was 15 years old.
   
1966 – He was appointed military instructor at the Pakistan Military Academy, later going on to attend the prestigious Command and Staff College in Quetta, where he completed a course in command and tactical warfare.
 
1975 – He was appointed chief of army staff following the assassination of Sheikh Mujib Rahman.
 
1977 – He declared himself as the President.
 
1978 – He won a referendum.
   
1981 – He was assassinated in an abortive military coup.


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