The Awami Muslim League dropped the word Muslim from its name at a spacial council of the Bangladesh Awami League, making the party a truly modern and secular one. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was re-elected General Secretary of the Party.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman during the fifties
The “All Pakistan Awami Muslim League” was formed by Maulana Abdul Hameed Khan Bhashani as a breakaway faction of the “All Pakistan Muslim League” in 1949. The word “Muslim” was dropped in 1955. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was one of its three initial assistant general secretaries.
Awami Muslim League formed
The “All Pakistan Awami Muslim League” was formed as a breakaway faction of the “All Pakistan Muslim League” in 1949. The word “Muslim” was dropped in 1955. Two parties of the same name were created in Pakistan, one in the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) on June 23, 1949 by Maulana Abdul Hameed Khan Bhashani with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as one of its three initial assistant general secretaries; and the other in the Northwest Frontier Province of the then West Pakistan by Peer Manki Shareef sometime soon after. In February 1950, both were merged, creating the “All Pakistan Awami Muslim League” with Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy as its leader. As the years went by, the Awami League became associated with the oppressed Bangla-speaking majority of the East Pakistan. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was elected party president in 1966, and the AL gained much popularity through the famous 6 point movement.
* Maulana Bhasani: The Founder of Politics of Opposition and Agitation during the Formative Years of Pakistan – M. Waheeduzzaman Manik (November 2003)
* The Leader of the Oppressed – M. Inamul Haque (November, 2002)
* A Tribute to the Ancestor – Enayetullah Khan (November, 2002)
* The Shadow and the Substance – Enayetullah Khan (January, 1970)