Chief of Army Staff (Bangladesh)
Chief of Army Staff (abbreviated as CAS) (Bengali: সেনাবাহিনী প্রধান, romanized: Senabahini Prodhan) of Bangladesh Army, also known as Army Chief is the highest-ranking officer of the Bangladesh Army. The Chief of Army staff has been a four-star rank since 1997. Maj. Gen. M. A. Rab was the Chief of Staff of the Mukti Bahini which served as the origins of Bangladesh Army. Bangladesh Army was officially formed in 1972 and Maj. Gen. K. M. Shafiullah become the first Chief of Army Staff. The current Chief of Army Staff is Gen. Aziz Ahmed
|Chief of the Staff
|Seat||Army Headquarters, Dhaka|
|Term length||3 years, or at the age of 60, whichever is earlier.|
|Precursor||Commander-in-Chief of the Bangladesh Forces|
|Formation||12 April 1971|
|First holder||Major General K. M. Shafiullah|
The Bangladesh Army traced its roots back to the East Bengal Regiment composed solely of youths from East Bengal, would be East Pakistan. However, on 25 March 1971, Pakistan Armed Forces led a militant crackdown on the Bengali civilians through Operation Searchlight and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh. As a result, in March 1971, many Bengali soldiers in the Pakistan Army revolted and joined the guerilla movement, Mukti Bahini also known as Bangladesh Forces. Colonel Mohd. Ataul Goni Osmani served as the Commander-in-Chief and Major General Mohd. Abdur Rab as the Chief of Staff.
Bangladesh Army came into being officially in January, 1972. In April, Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman then decided to change the commanding posts of the three services which was combined and commanded by General M. A. G. Osmani. On 7 April, Maj. Gen. K M Shafiullah, was made the chief of army staff.
List of Chiefs of Army staffEdit
|No.||Picture||Chief of Army staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Unit of Commission|
Kazi Muhammad Shafiullah Bir Uttom, psc
|30 April 1972||19 August 1975||3 years, 140 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttom, psc
|25 August 1975||3 November 1975||2 years, 247 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Khaled Mosharraf Bir Uttom, psc
|3 November 1975||7 November 1975 †||4 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttom, psc
|7 November 1975||28 April 1978||2 years, 172 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Hussain Mohammad Ershad ndc, psc
|29 April 1978||30 August 1986||8 years, 123 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Atiqur Rahman G+
|31 August 1986||30 August 1990||3 years, 364 days||Regiment of Artillery|
Nuruddin Khan psc
|31 August 1990||30 August 1994||3 years, 364 days||Corps of Engineers|
Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim Bir Bikrom, psc
|31 August 1994||19 May 1996||1 year, 262 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman psc
|27 May 1996||23 December 1997||1 year, 217 days||Corps of Engineers|
Mustafizur Rahman Bir Bikrom, ndc, psc, C
|24 December 1997||23 December 2000||2 years, 365 days||Corps of Engineers|
Mohammed Harun-Ar-Rashid Bir Protik, rcds, psc
|24 December 2000||15 June 2002||1 year, 173 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury awc, psc
|16 June 2002||15 June 2005||2 years, 364 days||Frontier Force Regiment|
Moeen Uddin Ahmed ndc, psc
|16 June 2005||15 June 2009||3 years, 364 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Mohammed Abdul Mubeen ndc, psc
|16 June 2009||25 June 2012||3 years, 9 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan psc
|26 June 2012||25 June 2015||2 years, 364 days||East Bengal Regiment|
Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haq ndc, psc
|26 June 2015||25 June 2018||2 years, 364 days||Armoured Corps|
Aziz Ahmed SBP, BSP, BGBM, PBGM, BGBMS, psc, G
|26 June 2018||Incumbent||2 years, 360 days||Regiment of Artillery|
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