Member of the Jatiya political party who held office as the President of Bangladesh from 1983 to 1990. He notably helped to unite the four Bangladeshi political parties to form the Grand Alliance in 2008.
He reached the rank of Lieutenant General while serving in the Bangladesh Army.
He was honored by the United Nations as a Laureate twice for his advocacy of environmental and population issues.
He had a son named Shad with his first wife, Raushan. He later married Bidisha in 2000 and they had a son named Eric together before divorcing in 2005. He also adopted a son named Arman and a daughter named Jebin.
He was succeeded by Shahabuddin Ahmed as the President of Bangladesh in 1990.