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Jamal Uddin Ahmed
Born 26 March 1943
Place of birth Mymensingh
Allegiance Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
Service/branch Pakistan Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Years of service 1964-2001
Rank UK-Air-OF8Air Marshal
Air Marshal star plate
Unit No. 7 Squadron (Pakistan Air Force)

Air Marshal (retd.) Jamal Uddin Ahmed is a former Chief of Air Staff, the highest appointment in the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Biman Bangladesh.[1] He was promoted to Air Marshal by then Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the day of his retirement from the BAF in 2001. Three years later, the Khaleda Zia government voided his promotion, declaring it unlawful because there was no such post in the BAF's organizational chart.[2] He appealed the decision to the High Court, which in 2008 restored his rank of air marshal, ruling that he had been stripped of it illegally.[3]


He started his career as a Martin B-57 Canberra attack pilot in the Pakistan Air Force in 1964. During the Liberation War in 1971, he was a Flight Lieutenant and part of a joint NATO-CENTO Air Intelligence Training Program for NATO Air Force officers in the United States. He returned to Bangladesh in 1972 as a Squadron Leader and served as a flight instructor at the Bangladesh Air Force Academy between 1976 and 1980.[4][5] He was the Chief of Air Staff from 4 June 1995 to 3 June 2001.[6]


Military offices
Preceded by
Air Vice Marshal Altaf Hossain Chowdhury
Chief of Air Staff
1995 – 2001
Succeeded by
Air Vice Marshal Mohammad Rafiqul Islam

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