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Chief of Army Staff
সেনাবাহিনী প্রধান
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Bangladesh Army
Type Service chief
Abbreviation CAS
Residence Shena Bhaban
Seat Army Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment
Appointer Prime Minister
with President advice and consent
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; ago (1971-04-12)
First holder Major General K. M. Shafiullah

Chief of Army Staff (CAS) (Bengali language: সেনাবাহিনী প্রধান ) of Bangladesh Army, also known as Army Chief is the highest-ranking officer of the Bangladesh Army.[1][2] 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.[3] 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 SM Shafiuddin Ahmed The Chief of Army Staff functions from the Army Headquarters, which is located in the Dhaka Cantonment.[4]


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.[3]

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.[5][6]

Chief of Army Staff's rank was upgraded to lieutenant-general in 1978 and then to four star general in 2007.[7][8]

List of Chiefs of Army staff

Chief of Army staff Took office Left office Time in office Unit of Commission
1Shafiullah, KaziMajor general Kazi Muhammad Shafiullah Bir Uttom, psc
(born 1934)
7 April 197225 August 19753 years, 140 daysCorps of Infantry
Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttom, psc
Rahman, ZiaurMajor general Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttom, psc
25 August 19753 November 197570 daysCorps of Infantry
3Mosharraf, KhaledMajor general Khaled Mosharraf Bir Uttom, psc
3 November 19757 November 1975 †4 daysCorps of Infantry
Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttom, psc
Rahman, ZiaurLieutenant general Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttom, psc
7 November 197528 April 19782 years, 172 daysCorps of Infantry
Hussain Mohammad Ershad ndc, psc
Ershad, Hussain MohammadLieutenant general Hussain Mohammad Ershad ndc, psc
29 April 197830 August 19868 years, 123 daysCorps of Infantry
5Ershad, Hussain MohammadLieutenant general Atiqur Rahman G+
(born 1931)
31 August 198630 August 19903 years, 364 daysCorps of Artillery
6Khan, NuruddinLieutenant general Nuruddin Khan psc31 August 199030 August 19943 years, 364 daysCorps of Engineers
7Nasim, Abu SalehLieutenant general Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim Bir Bikrom, psc
(born 1946)
31 August 199419 May 19961 year, 262 daysCorps of Infantry
8Rahman, MuhammadLieutenant general Muhammad Mahbubur Rahman psc27 May 199623 December 19971 year, 217 daysCorps of Engineers
9Rahman, MustafizurLieutenant general Mustafizur Rahman Bir Bikrom, ndc, psc, C
24 December 199723 December 20002 years, 365 daysCorps of Engineers
10Harun, MLieutenant general Mohammed Harun-Ar-Rashid Bir Protik, rcds, psc24 December 200015 June 20021 year, 173 daysCorps of Infantry
11Chowdhury, HasanLieutenant general Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury awc, psc
(born 1948)
16 June 200215 June 20052 years, 364 daysFrontier Force Regiment
Moeen Uddin Ahmed ndc, psc
Ahmed, MoeenGeneral Moeen Uddin Ahmed ndc, psc
(born 1953)
16 June 200515 June 20093 years, 364 daysCorps of Infantry
Mohammed Abdul Mubeen ndc, psc
Ahmed, MoeenGeneral Mohammed Abdul Mubeen ndc, psc
(born 1955)
16 June 200925 June 20123 years, 9 daysCorps of Infantry
Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan psc
Bhuiyan, IqbalGeneral Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan psc
(born 1955)
26 June 201225 June 20152 years, 364 daysCorps of Infantry
Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haq ndc, psc
Huq, ShafiulGeneral Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Haq ndc, psc
(born 1958)
26 June 201525 June 20182 years, 364 daysCorps of Armoured
Aziz Ahmed SBP, BSP, BGBM, PBGM, BGBMS, psc, G
Ahmed, AzizGeneral Aziz Ahmed SBP, BSP, BGBM, PBGM, BGBMS, psc, G
(born 1961)
25 June 201824 June 20212 years, 362 daysCorps of Artillery
17Shafiuddin AhmedGeneral SM Shafiuddin Ahmed OSP, ndu, psc, PhD
(born 1963)
24 June 2021Incumbent1 year, 39 daysCorps of Infantry

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