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Hussain Muhammad Ershad, a major witness to South Asia’s politics for seven decades, passes away


Former military ruler and President of Bangladesh Hussain Muhammad Ershad passed away on Sunday. He was 89.

From a commissioned officer of the Pakistan Army to a military dictator who was later deposed in Bangladesh, the nattily dressed General Ershad, with many acknowledged love affairs and relationships, was a major witness to South Asia’s politics for seven decades.

Born in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district (then Rangpur of undivided India) in 1930, Ershad was commissioned into the Pakistan Army, when Bangladesh was part of Pakistan, as a Sector Commander. Following his return to Bangladesh after the country’s ...


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