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Annisul Huq

Annisul Huq
আনিসুল হক
DNCC mayor Annisul huq.JPG
Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation
In office
April 2015 – November 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Born(1952-10-27)27 October 1952
Sonapur, Sonagazi, Noakhali, East Bengal, Dominion of Pakistan
Died30 November 2017(2017-11-30) (aged 65)
London, England
Spouse(s)Rubana Huq
RelativesShafiul Huq (brother)
EducationB.S.S and M.S.S (Economics)
Alma mater
OccupationChairman and CEO, Mohammadi Group
AwardsNational ICT Award, (2017)

Annisul Huq (27 October 1952 – 30 November 2017)[1] was a Bangladeshi entrepreneur, television show host and the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation.[2][3] According to the affidavits submitted to the Election Commission in March 2015, he had amassed a net worth of US$3.25 million.[4]

Early life and education

Huq was born on 27 October 1952, Sonapur at Sonagazi in Noakhali to Shariful Huq and Rowshan Ara Huq.[1] He passed SSC from Dinajpur Zilla School in 1970.[citation needed] He completed his Bachelor degree from the University of Rajshahi and had a masters in economics from the University of Chittagong.[5][6] His father was an official of the Bangladesh Ansar.[7]



Huq was a regular host on Bangladesh Television in the early 1980s.[1] He had hosted interviews with politically significant personalities.


Huq established his own business, Mohammadi Group in 1986 and is currently the Chairperson of the company.[1] As of 2007, the group had 7,000 employees in the textile and garments sector.[8] The conglomerate is also involved in real estate, IT, a power generation company that directly contributes to the national grid and a distribution company that represents multiple foreign television channels. The Group has an independent TV Channel named Nagorik.[9][10]

Huq is the former president of several apex bodies including the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA),[11] Federation of the Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Independent Power Producers Association.[12]


Huq was elected the mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation on ticket of Bangladesh Awami League in the City Corporation election of 2015.[7] He was a surprise pick by the Awami League as no other leaders of the party stood for the position.[13]

As mayor, Huq promised to build Dhaka into a clean, green and safe city,[14] although he received some flack for his involvement of foreigners.[15] 20,000 illegal billboards were removed as part of the clean-up project.[16] Mayor Huq made it clear that he will not put up with resistance from vested interests in his clean-up efforts.[17]

Huq also promised to reduce corruption among governmental employees.[18]


Personal life

Huq's brother General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Huq is the current chief of Bangladesh Army.[13] Huq was married to Rubana Huq. Together they have three children – Navidul Huq, Wamiq Umaira and Tanisha Fariamaan Huq.[3]


In July 2017, Huq was admitted to a hospital in London.[19] He was diagnosed with cerebral vasculitis.[20] After being in a sedative state for more than three months, he died on 30 November 2017.[21][22]


  1. ^ a b c d Staff Correspondent (29 April 2015). "From TV studio to mayoral hot seat – the remarkable rise of Annisul Huq".
  2. ^ Staff Correspondent (29 April 2015). "Annisul Huq gets mandate to become first mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Mayor's Profile: Annisul Huq". Dhaka North City Corporation. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Annisul Huq has no home, car". NTV. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Annisul Huq, President, SAARC Chamber & Chairman, Mohammadi Group • Mohammadi Group". Mohammadi Group. 2016-06-26. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  6. ^ "Annisul Huq: A man of many talents | Dhaka Tribune". Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  7. ^ a b "Dhaka North Mayor Annisul Huq no more | Dhaka Tribune". Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  8. ^ McGivering, Jill (17 February 2007). "Bangladesh's split personality". BBC News.
  9. ^ "MOHAMMADI GROUP". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  10. ^ S.M. Saidur Rahman. "Annisul Huq – Golden Business Bangladesh". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Bangladesh gloom after Tata exit". BBC News. 1 August 2008.
  12. ^ "Annisul Huq, President, SAARC Chamber & Chairman, Mohammadi Group -". Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Mayor Annisul Huq loses battle, dies in London hospital". Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  14. ^ "ঢাকা উত্তর মেয়র প্রার্থী আনিসুল হকের ইশতেহার ঘোষণা" [Annisul Huq announces his platform as the Mayor of Dhaka]. BBC News (in Bengali). Bangladesh. 11 April 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  15. ^ "বিদেশিদের রাস্তা পরিস্কার অভিযানের প্রশংসায় মেয়র" [Mayor praises the cleaning by foreign operators]. BBC News (in Bengali). Bangladesh. 5 August 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  16. ^ Islam, Aminul (12 August 2015). "20 Thousand Billboards Removed". Our Time. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Muscle power won't work". Bangladesh Chronicle. 29 November 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  18. ^ Staff Correspondent (13 May 2015). "Graft free DNCC, streetlights by Shab-e-Barat in South Dhaka". The Daily Star. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Dhaka North Mayor Anisul Huq hospitalized in London". 16 August 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  20. ^ "Three-member DNCC mayor panel formed". The Daily Star. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  21. ^ "আনিসুল হক আর নেই". Daily Prothom Alo. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Mayor Anisul Huq loses battle, dies in London hospital". Retrieved 30 November 2017.