Dhaka – The newly-appointed chief of Bangladesh Army Staff Aziz Ahmed was adorned with the rank badge of General on Tuesday, officials said.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed and Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat adorned the new army chief with the rank badge in presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Ganabhaban.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said that after the function, Hasina congratulated the new army chief. The new army chief also greeted the prime minister on behalf of Bangladesh Army, he said.
According to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad sangstha news agency, the prime minister said whenever Awami League assumed office, it took various steps for modernisation and development of the armed forces.
“Our government has also changed the designations of the lower ranks of the army like sweepers, cleaners and barbers to make those time-befitting ones side by side with development and modernisation of the force,” she said.
Prime Minister’s Political Affairs Advisor HT Imam, Security Affairs Advisor Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division Lt General Md Mahfuzur Rahman, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hasan were present, among others.
The government on June 18 appointed Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Aziz Ahmed as the new army chief as the tenure of the outgoing army chief expires.
The defence ministry on the day of his appointment said that the new army chief will also be promoted to the rank of general from June 25.
Aziz Ahmed formally took over the charge from outgoing army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq Monday, said a press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Ahmed served as the director general of BGB from December 5, 2012, to November 16, 2016.