Brief Life Sketch
Air Vice Marshal (Rtd.) A K Khander a renowned diplomat, planner, freedom fighter (Bir Uttom) was born in a respected Muslim family of Pabna in 1930. His Father was Late Khandker Abdul Latif and his mother was Late Arefa Khatun. He completed his Matriculation in 1947 and ISC in 1949. He Completed his Graduation from PAF College in September, 1952 and PSA in 1965 from Pakistan Air Force Staff College. He started his service carrier as GD Pilot in 1952. He served in Fighter Squadron till 1955 and became Flying Instructor. He was at PAF Academy till 1957 as flying instructor.
He joined Flying Instructors' School in 1951. He served as Flight Commander at Flying Instructors' in 1959 he became Flight Commander at Jet Fighter Conversion Squadron where he served till 1960.
He was Squadron Commander at PAF Academy till 1961. Afterwards, he became Squadron Commander of Jet Fighter Conversion Squadron where he served till 1965. He served as Officer Commanding of Training wing at PAF Academy in 1966.
A K Khandker was President of PAF Planning Board form 1967-1969. Later, he was posted at Dhaka as Second in Command of PAF Base in 1969. He took part in the Liberation War of Bangladesh and served as Deputy Chief of Staff of Bangladesh Liberation Forces. He represented Bangladesh Liberation Forces at the Surrender Ceremony of Pakistan Forces in Dhaka on December 16, 1971.
He was Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force from 1972 to 1975. He served Bangladesh Biman as Chairman from 1972 to 1973. He also served as High Commission of Bangladesh to Australia from 1976 to 1982 and High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India from 1982 to 1986.
He was Minister, Ministry of Planning from October 1986 to March 1990. He was elected as a Member of Parliament from Pabna-2 in 1998. He was again been elected as Parliament member in 29 December 2008. Mr. A K Khandker took oath as the Planning Minister of Bangladesh Government on 6 January 2009.