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Chief of Staff of the Bangladesh Army
CAS
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Flag of the Bangladesh Army
Incumbent
General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq

since 25 June 2015
Bangladesh Army
Seat Army HQ, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Appointer The President and PM of Bangladesh
Formation 12 April 1971
First holder General M. A. G. Osmani
Website Official Website Showing Chiefs (excluding Khaled Mosharraf)

Chief of Army Staff (abbreviated as CAS) of Bangladesh Army also known as 'army chief' is the professional head and chief officer of the Bangladesh Army.[1][2] The current CAS is General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq.[3] The first army chief was General M. A. G. Osmani.[4]

The Chief of Army Staff functions from the Army Headquarters, which is located in the Dhaka Cantonment.[5]

History[edit | edit source]

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, Brig. K M Shafiullah, was made the chief of army staff.[6][7]

Chief of Army Staff’s rank was a upgraded to lieutenant-general in 1978 and then to full general in 2007.[8][9]

List of Chiefs of Army staff[edit | edit source]

# Name Photo Term Began Term Ended Decoration Unit of Commission Year of Commission Note
1st General M. A. G. Osmani 50px 12 April 1971 6 April 1972 Bangabir, psc Royal Indian Army Service Corps, later East Bengal Regiment, Pakistan Army, retired as a colonel from Pakistan Army in 1967 and in 1971 got Battlefield promotion to full general 1940 This person was not designated solely as army chief, but rather as the armed forces (tri-forces) chief.
2nd Major General Kazi M Shafiullah 50px 7 April 1972 24 August 1975 Bir Uttom, psc East Bengal Regiment 1955 The first army chief of the country.
3rd Major General Ziaur Rahman Ziaur Rahman 1979.jpg 24 August 1975 3 November 1975 Bir Uttom, psc East Bengal Regiment 1955 3rd army chief after the assassination of the President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Appointed by Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad.
4th Major General Khaled Mosharraf 3 November 1975 7 November 1975 Bir Uttom, psc East Bengal Regiment 1957 4th army chief only for 3 days, he was self-made chief after arresting Zia in a coup, he was killed in 7 November by pro-Zia troops.
5th Lieutenant General Ziaur Rahman Ziaur Rahman 1979.jpg 7 November 1975 28 Apr 1978 Bir Uttom, psc East Bengal Regiment 1955 Again Zia, self-promoted Lieutenant-General.
6th Lieutenant General Hussain Mohammad Ershad Lieutenant General Hussain Mohammad Ershad 29 Apr 1978 30 Aug 1986 ndc, psc East Bengal Regiment 1952
7th Lieutenant General Atiqur Rahman 50px 31 Aug 1986 30 August 1990 G+ Regiment of Artillery 1961
8th Lieutenant General Nuruddin Khan Aug 1990 Aug 1994 psc Armoured Corps 1964
9th Lieutenant General Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim Aug 1994 Aug 1996 Bir Bikram, psc East Bengal Regiment 1966
10th Lieutenant General Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman May 1996 December 1997 psc Armoured Corps 1967
11th Lieutenant General Mustafizur Rahman 24 December 1997 23 December 2000 Bir Bikram, ndc, psc, C Corps of Engineers 1968 became full general before some days of his retirement.
12th Lieutenant General M Harun-Ar-Rashid 24 December 2000 15 June 2002 Bir Protik, rcds, psc East Bengal Regiment 1968
13th Lieutenant General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury 16 June 2002 15 June 2005 awc, psc Frontier Force Regiment 1969
14th General Moeen U Ahmed General Moeen U Ahmed 16 June 2005 15 June 2009 ndc, psc East Bengal Regiment 1975 first regular full general.
15th General Md Abdul Mubeen 16 June 2009 25 June 2012 ndc, psc East Bengal Regiment 1976
16th General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan 26 June 2012 25 June 2015 psc East Bengal Regiment 1976
17th General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq General Belal Haque, Dhaka, 2017.jpg 26 June 2015 present ndc,psc Armoured Corps 1978

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