Directorate General of Forces Intelligence

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Directorate General of Forces Intelligence
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Flag of the Directorate Forces of Intelligence
Agency overview
Formed 1977 ; 37 Years Ago
Headquarters Dhaka Cantonment, Bangladesh
Motto Watch and Listen for the nation, To protect national security
Employees

Classified[1]

120,000
Annual budget Ministry of Defence (Bangladesh)
Agency executive Major Gen. Md Akbar Hossain, Director General
Parent agency Government of Bangladesh
Child agency Counter- Terrorism Intelligence Bureau (CTIB)
Directorate General of Forces Intelligence
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Director General : Mohammed Akbar Hossain
Department  : Intelligence
Established  : 1977
Major departments:
  • Covert Action Division (CAD)
  • Joint Intelligence X (JIX)
  • Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB)
  • Joint Counter Intelligence Bureau (JCIB)
  • Joint Intelligence Miscellaneous (JIM)
  • Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Bureau
  • Navy Intelligence Bureau
  • Air Intelligence Bureau
  • Army Intelligence
  • SS Directorate (SSD)
  • Political Internal Division (PID)
Notable Directors:
  • General Sheikh Mamun Khaled
  • Major General ATM Amin
  • Golam Mohammad
  • ASM Nazrul Islam
  • Major General Sadiq Hasan

The Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) is the principal intelligence service of the Bangladesh Armed Forces,[2] The DGFI's hradquarters is in Cantonment, Dhaka. Operationally responsible for providing national security and intelligence informations to Government of Bangladesh. DGFI is involved in Bangladesh's Politics since 1971. Although DGFI was found as Military Intelligence, over time It has established itself as the principal and the most influential Intelligence unit in Bangladesh. DGFI employees operates from Bangladesh embassies and many other locations around the world.[3]

The DGFI's primary role is to collect, collate, evaluate and disseminate all services strategical and topographical intelligence about foreign countries armed forces and to ensure counter intelligence and security measures for Bangladesh Armed Forces but in recent times their influence expanded to gathering information about foreign governments, foreign intelligence and counterintelligence. There are over 120,000 DGFI agents all over the world. In 2006, DGFI established it's counter terrorism unit; Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Bureau.

Although Government restricted all National media from mentioning any information about DGFI, Several DGFI activities have attracted criticism. They include targeted killings, assassinations and funding and training of militants who would create unrest in foreign countries.

Purpose[edit]

The DGFI, was formed in 1977 by Major General Ziaur Rahman; the former Chief of Army Staff and later the 7th President of Bangladesh to collect all services strategical and topographical intelligence about foreign countries armed forces and to ensure counter intelligence and security measures for Bangladesh Armed Forces.

According to its fiscal 2014 budget, the DGFI's top priorities are:

Administration[edit]

Directorate General Forces of Intelligence (DGFI)was formed in 1977 under the rule of Major Gen.Ziaur Rahman; The 7th President of Bangladesh. The Agency was modeled after Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). Although DGFI is supposed to report to Bangladesh Government, due to the fact that DGFI is modeled upon ISIand CIA; It's technically an independent intelligence agency opearates both Internally and Externally. Government of Bangladesh, nor any other Government agencies have any influence over DGFI.

History[edit]

The Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) was established in 1972 with the name of Directorate of Forces Intelligence (DFI).[4] It was reformed by then President of Bangladesh Lieutenant General Ziaur Rahman in 1977.[2][2] It was renamed to "Directorate General of Forces Intelligence" (DGFI) afterwards. Air Vice Marshal K M Aminul Islam was the first Director General of this organization. In 1994 the organizational structure of DGFI was revised and new organogram started functioning from 8 March 1994.[4][4]

Headquarters[edit]

DGFI Branches in Bangladesh

The organizational headquarters is just outside Dhaka Cantonment.Headquarters of this organization was earlier located at 32 Cantonment Bazar in Dhaka Cantonment. On 21 September 2006 this Headquarters shifted to its permanent location at Rajanigandha area inside Dhaka Cantonment in a newly constructed 14 storied building.[4][4]

The present Director General of the DGFI is Major General MD AKBAR HOSSAIN, afwc, psc, G+ is the 24th Director General of this organization and took over his assignment on 10 March 2013 Major General Sheikh Mamun Khaled, psc is the 23rd Director General of this organization and took over his assignment on 22 June 2011. He succeeded Lieutenant General Mollah Fazle Akbar in 2011.[4][4]

The organization has five individual and three combined desks. The Counter Terrorism Bureau of this organization works jointly with the RAB, an elite anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of Bangladesh Police and the Special Branch of Bangladesh Police. It also has operational links with agencies of other countries. It has got secret agents all over the country specially in cantonment areas.

Functions[edit]

Lockheed Martin C-130; DGFI's transport aircraft

The main objectives of the DGFI are to collect and analyse intelligence information to advice the government of Bangladesh in keeping the country safe from external and, if need be, internal enemies.[2][2]

Training[edit]

DGFI personnel undergo extensive advanced commando and intelligence training. Training of DGFI personnel is conducted both within country and abroad in the United States, United Kingdom and Pakistan with the respective intelligence agencies. Centers for special training are located all over Bangladesh including Comilla.[2][2]

Major Operations[5][edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

DGFI; being the most important intelligence agency in Bangladesh, operates in all 64 districts. DGFI is widely regereded as the driving force behind Military-backed regime that took power in January 11, 2007. DGFI intimidated, arrested and detained many businessman, politician and journalists and placed them in their detention camp facility inside the Dhaka cantonments. DGFI was also behind Military coups in Bangladesh.

India[edit]

DGFI has a very strong foothold in eastern part of India; Especially Assam and West Bengal. A number of Indian and International Media reported that DGFI finances ULFA and other separatist groups in India with an aim to separate the Eastern Part of India. DGFI is still active in India.[6]

Pakistan[edit]

DGFI usually have a strongly mutual relation with Pakistan's Intelligence Agency ISI. It is said that ISI and DGFI cooperates in many big assignments such as 'Operation Pin Code'.

Nepal[edit]

DGFI have a heavy presence in Nepal. According to sources, Assam Blast was preplanned in Nepal's soil by DGFI and ISI. They frequently visited Guwahati and Nepal for identifying and executing missions in those areas. As reported earlier by The Pioneer, the ISI had held a meeting in 2005 at a resort in Nagarkot, near Kathmandu, to put in place a three-tier terror plan to target different cities. As fallout of the plan laid out at the meeting, attacks were carried out in the national Capital, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Ajmer.[7]

Libya[edit]

DGFI is said to have a huge contribution behind Gaddafi's rise of power. The late President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman maintained a very close link to Gaddafi and so did Hussein Muhammad Ershad and Khaleda Zia.

Africa[edit]

DGFI got a strong foothold in African Nations due to Bangladeshi Army presence in those countries. Bangladesh currently have more than 10000 Army Personnel Active in countries such as Somalia, Congo and rest of Africa. Bangladesh Air Force and Navy is also creating some presence there.

World[edit]

DGFI Is active in many countries such as India, Nepal, Myanmar, USA, UK, Pakistan and also in Middle East. DGFI is trained by CIA, MI6 and ISI.

Controversies[edit]

Rohingya & Myanmar[edit]

Burmese Officials have alliged that DGFI has an active role behind the unrest in Arakan State. According to sources, DGFI and CIA's Masterplan plan is to use the displaced Rohingya to establish a national state in Myanmar´s Rakhine State. A weak national state with a Rohingya proxy-government would have allowed Bangladesh to control the rich oil and gas resources. It was also said that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan also finances this operation.[8]

West Bengal and Assam[edit]

Indian Authorities have blamed DGFI behind the unrest in Assam and West Bengal. There is a widespread belief in India about DGFI's ambition to merge Eastern Part of India to Bangladesh to create a greater Bengal. It was also said by some experts that DGFI has control over Assam and West Bengal politics; and they hold control of 70 Parliament seats.

Breaking Into Indian Secret Agency[edit]

In 2007, An Agent of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, Named Diwan Chand Malik broke into R&AW Security; pretending to be their agent and stole many classified informations and other valuables. Indian Secret Service said, Diwan was working as a R&AW agent for over 5 Years but He was actually working for DGFI.

Operations[edit]

Operation Pin Code[edit]

Opearation Pin Code; According to numerous Indian media outlet is an operation backed by DGFI and ISI to create an undivided Muslim Nation. In order to do so, DGFI and ISI is secretly working on capturing the Northeast India and caputure North India in order to create an undivided path between Bangladesh and Pakistan. According to Indian Intelligence, DGFI was behind the Delhi Blast and many other terrorist activities in India. Neither DGFI or ISI confirmed the allegation.[9][10]

Operation Tango[edit]

Burmese Government allieged DGFI, backed by Research and Analysis Wing of launching opearation Tango in Burma. They went furtur and said, The Rohingya issue is a preplanned propaganda by Sheikh Hasina regime to capture Arakan State. [11][12]

Budget[edit]

  • Ministry of Defence Bangladesh [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ignoring Execution and Tortures. Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) - Overview". 
  3. ^ "DGFI-ULFA joins hand to wreck Havoc". IBN. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "History of DGFI". 
  5. ^ Directorate General Forces of Intelligence. Human Rights Watch. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Assam: The Bangla Hand". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Assam blasts were planned in Nepal". Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "U.N.´s Ambiguous Role in Plight of Myanmar´s Rohingya.". Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bangladesh : ISI-backed "Operation Pin Code" against India". Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "MUGHALISTAN". Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bangladesh's Filthy Political Game with Mynamar". Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bangladesh: R&AW engineered attacks on the Buddhists". Retrieved 3 November 2014.