KM Shehabuddin, former Bangladeshi ambassador to the United States, passed away at 5:50pm on Wednesday at United Hospital in Dhaka.
Shehabuddin was the first diplomat to defect from the Pakistani Foreign Service on April 6, 1971 and join the liberation war. At the time, he was posted in New Delhi.
He retired from government service in 2001 as ambassador to the United States, with concurrent accreditation to Mexico, Guatemala and Columbia.
Earlier, he served as ambassador to France, and concurrently to Spain, UNESCO, and the World Tourism Organisation, ambassador to Kuwait with concurrent accreditation to Yemen, and ambassador to Poland concurrently to Hungary.
He also served as deputy high commissioner to Britain before his appointment as ambassador. He became secretary to the government in 1993 and participated in many international conferences and UN General Assembly sessions.
He earned his Bachelor’s with Honours and Masters in History from the University of Dhaka. Before joining the then Pakistan Foreign Service in the 1960s, he briefly taught at different government colleges.
He leaves behind his wife, four daughters and a host of mourners and well-wishers.