Dhaka: Bangladesh today appointed Lieutenant General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan as the county's new army chief to replace M A Mubeen who is set to retire.
"President Zillur Rahman today appointed Quarter Master General (QMG) Chief of Army Staff effective from June 25," a presidential palace spokesman told PTI.
He said "as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces" the president made the appointment of Iqbal, who would be promoted to the rank of General from 25th June.
A defence ministry statement later reconfirmed the appointment saying the president also extended the tenure of incumbent army chief General Mubeen for 10 days as he was scheduled to go to retirement on 15th June.
The development came a day after the defence ministry announced Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari as the new Air Force chief for a three-year tenure with effect from 12th June when incumbent Air Chief Air Marshal Shah Mohammad Ziaur Rahman would go on retirement leave.
According to the notification, Bari would be promoted to the rank of Air Marshal, equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant General in Army and Vice-Admiral in Navy the day he would take the charge as the new air chief.
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Updated Date: Jun 07, 2012 20:27:48 IST