Mr. Abul Fateh was Bangladesh’s first Foreign Secretary. Born in 1924, Mr. Fateh passed his Matriculation exams from Ramkrishna High School in Mymensingh in 1941. He undertook higher studies in English literature at Dhaka University and obtained BA Honours in 1946 and MA in 1947. He joined the first batch of Pakistan Foreign Service in 1949. During his career in the Pakistan Foreign Office and Missions abroad, he was posted in different capacities in Paris (1951), Calcutta (1953-56), Washington DC (1956-60), Prague (1965-66) and New Delhi (1966-67). He was Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in Calcutta from 1968-70. In 1970, he was appointed Pakistan’s Ambassador to Iraq.
During the War of Liberation, Mr. Abul Fateh fled to London from Baghdad where he was the Ambassador and became the first Bengali ambassador to express allegiance to the provisional Bangladesh government. The Mujibnagar government made him Ambassador-at-large and Advisor to the Acting President. Immediately after independence. He became the first Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh on 30 December 1971. In January 1972, he was appointed Bangladesh’s Ambassador to the France where he continued until 1976. He was Bangladesh High Commissioner to United Kingdom from 1976-1977 and Ambassador to Algeria from 1977-82. He retired from government service in 1982.