Lt Gen SM Shafiuddin Ahmed named new Army Chief


The Defence Ministry has named Lieutenant General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed as the next chief of Bangladesh Army.

Talking to the Bangladesh Post, Deputy Secretary of the Defense Ministry Md Sabet Ali, who is working as the Personal Secretary to the Defense Ministry’s Senior Secretary Dr Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, confirmed it.

Shafiuddin, who now serves as the Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army, will take up the post on June 24 and serve for three years, according to a notice issued by the ministry.

The gazette notification has been signed by Deputy Secretary of the Defense Ministry Waheda Sultana on Thursday.

He will replace current army chief General Aziz Ahmed.

Shafiuddin will also be promoted to the rank of ‘General’ before taking up the position of army chief.

On December 30 in 2020, Lieutenant General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed took charges as the Quarter Master General (QMG) of Bangladesh Army.

Earlier, he worked as the general officer commanding of Army Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC).

Lt Gen Shafiuddin Ahmed was commissioned into Bangladesh Army through the 9th BMA Long Course on December 23 in 1983 and then he joined the corps of infantry.

He also worked as the commander of an infantry battalion, battalion commander of Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA), commander of an infantry brigade and director of Military Training Directorate in Army Headquarters successfully.

Lt Gen Shafiuddin Ahmed also performed as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 19th Infantry Division in 2012, DG of BIISS and Senior Directing Staff of National Defence College (NDC). 

Besides, he was the Deputy Force Commander in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Central African Republic. Lt Gen Shafiuddin Ahmed was also the GOC and Area Commander of Logistics Area.

After the promotion as the Lieutenant General, he was made GOC of ARTDOC.