General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed has officially taken charge as the new chief of Bangladesh Army staff.
He formally took over from his predecessor General Aziz Ahmed, maintaining military etiquette, on Thursday afternoon.
Soon after assuming office, the army chief at a media briefing expressed gratitude to the Almighty and extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for choosing him for the position and having faith in him.
General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed also recalled the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his contribution to the independence of Bangladesh. He also extended respect to the freedom fighters and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country.
The newly appointed army chief sought prayers and assistance from all so that he can lead the army to its desired destination.
Earlier in the morning, he was awarded the rank badge of 'General' in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganobhaban.
On June 10 last, Lieutenant General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed, Quartermaster General of the Bangladesh Army, was named the new chief of army staff for the next three years with effect from June 24, 2021.
Shafiuddin commissioned into the army in the 9th Bangladesh Military Academy Long Course on December 23, 1983, with the infantry corps.