Muhammad Ghulam Tawab

Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Ghulam Tawab (1 July 1930 – 23 February 1999) was the second chief of the air staff of Bangladesh Air Force who also served as deputy chief martial law administrator of Bangladesh with General Ziaur Rahman and Admiral M. H. Khan from 1975 to 1976.

Ghulam Tawab

Birth nameMuhammad Ghulam Tawab
Born1st July 1930
Sylhet, Bangladesh
Died23 February 1999(1999-02-23) (aged 68)
Munich, Germany
AllegianceBritish RajBritish India (1930–1947)
 Pakistan (1947–1971)
 Bangladesh (1971–1999)
Service/branch Pakistan Air Force (1949–1972)
 Bangladesh Air Force (1972–1976)
Years of service1949-1976
RankBritish RAF OF-7.svg Air Vice Marshal
Air Vice-Marshal star plate.svg
Service numberPak/1190

Early lifeEdit

Tawab was born in a village near Sylhet, of Bengal Province, British Indian Empire, on 1 July 1930. He was married to Henrietta, a German national, and has two sons and a daughter.[1]


After graduating college Tawab joined the Pakistan Air Force in 1951 and was commissioned with the 9th GD(P) course as a pilot officer in the Pakistan Air Force. He graduated from PAF College Risalpur on September 15, 1951. In 1975, Tawab was promoted to Air Vice Marshal and appointed as Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force.[1]

After Sheikh Mujib's assassination in August 1975, Tawab was immediately recalled from West Germany to active duty by Major Shariful Haque Dalim upon then Wing Commander M. Hamidullah Khan's advice. Air Vice Marshal A. K. Khandker was promptly dismissed, and Tawab was reinstated to Bangladesh Air Force and appointed the Chief of Air Staff with the rank of Air Vice Marshal. M. G. Tawab retired from Bangladesh Air Force in 1977 and returned to West Germany. He died in Munich on 23 February 1999 from prostate cancer after several years of illness.

Awards & DecorationsEdit


(Star of Courage)

1965 War


(Star of Good Conduct)



(General Service Medal)

1. 1965 War Clasp

Sitara-e-Harb 1965 War

(War Star 1965)

Tamgha-e-Jang 1965 War

(War Medal 1965)


(Republic Commemoration Medal)



  1. ^ a b Bhattacharya, Brigadier Samir (2016). Nothing But!. Partridge Publishing. pp. 219–. ISBN 978-1-4828-1720-1.
Military offices
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal Abdul Karim Khondoker
Chief Of Air Staff Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Khademul Bashar