Moeen U Ahmed
Moeen U Ahmed
|Native name||মঈন উদ্দিন আহমেদ|
21 January 1953 |
|Years of service||1975–2009|
|Commands held||GOC: -
19 Infantry division, Ghatail
24 Infantry division, Chittagong
Chief of General Staff
Chief of Army Staff
|Battles/wars||Counter Insurgency Operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts, UN Peacekeeping Missions.|
|Relations||Naznin Moeen (wife)
Nihat Ahmed and Sabrina Ahmed (children)
General Moeen Uddin Ahmed (Bengali:মঈন উদ্দিন আহমেদ) was the thirteenth Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army from 15 June 2005 to 15 June 2009 with last one year extension during his illegitimate rule. Previously, he worked in Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan as a Defence Attaché, where he was superseded by Brigadier General Abdul Wadud during Awami League period from 1996-2001, prior to that he served as a UN Peacekeeper in United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda.
Moeen U Ahmed was among the first group of army commissioned after independence of Bangladesh who became the Army Chief. At the beginning of his job in army as a second lieutenant, he served Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad, who became president after 1975 change-over at Bangabhaban more than 3 days. Besides, he has established himself as the first regular four-star general after liberation war, although the first official four-star general was country's commander-in chief of liberation war and liberation forces General M. A. G. Osmani, who led the war of independence in 1971 and second person was general Mustafizur Rahman, who was promoted from Leave Preparatory Retirement (LPR) by AL regime in 1996-2001. Moeen was, behind the scene, the main actor, although unlawfully as well as obviously by gun power, as the Chief of Army Staff during the 2006–08 Bangladeshi political crisis, violating constitution.
Moeen started his military career on 11 January 1975. He was commissioned in the 2nd battalion of East Bengal Regiment. He received "Chief of Army Staff's Cane" of the pioneer Short Service Course-1 from Bangladesh Military Academy while Lt. General A T M Jahir was awarded "Sword of Honour". Before joining army, he served Bangladesh Air Force for a year. He started his instructional career as Weapon Training Officer and then Platoon Commander in BMA. He received NDC as army chief after becoming Lt. General, which course has been designed for colonel level officer.
Besides, commanding two infantry battalions as Lieutenant Colonel, he also served in Army Headquarters, Military Operations Directorate. He served as Colonel Staff of an Infantry Division. He has served in Defence Services Command and Staff College as Directing Staff in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Instructor of Army Wing in the rank of Colonel and Chief Instructor in the rank of Brigadier.
Moeen became army chief, cancelling a senior general Rezzakul Haider PSC's appointment after the file was signed by Prime Minister and on way to President for approval using his batch mate in army Major Sayeed Eskandar (Retd.), brother of Khaleda Zia. He also used then outgoing army chief Lt. Gen. Hasan Mashud Chowdhury in his favor. Besides, Moudud Ahmed, Barkatullah Bulu and some other Noakhali people worked for him to make army chief. Moeen entered army with corruption as his height was below. He used RAW in his favor and at the same time he bluffed ISI, saying that he was posted Defence Counsellor in Islamabad during Awami League period in 1996–2001. Under that rule of Sheikh Hasina, he was superseded by Brigadier (later Major General) Abdul Wadud. Sheikh Hasina was informed that Moeen U, Ahmed was made army chief by Khaleda Zia, superseding nine senior army officers.
Maj. Gen. Aminul Karim (later rewarded as Lt. Gen. as was in good book of army chief) played main role in favour of Gen. Moeen to take over and made plot to kill Adviser Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury on 26 February 2007 and 7 September 2007 while Brigadier General Amin (similarly later rewarded as Maj. Gen. as was in good book of army chief) gave life threat to Chowdhury on 15 September 2008 in London they used intelligence agency and uniformed people for the purposes.
Involvement in politics with uniform
Lt. Gen. Moeen was the key force behind the declaration of emergency in the country on 11 January 2007 widely known as 1/11 phenomenon. He upgraded his rank from Lt. General to General during his illegal tenure when there was no regular government; the caretaker government is not mandated to work other than routine work and managing parliamentary elections. He also extended his tenure of army chief, which is fixed for a time period, for one year in same way. He has been accused of playing a controversial role by helping the caretaker government of Bangladesh to retain power after constitution stipulated three months' duration. Although never publicly admitted, he has been identified as the main driving force behind the non-elected government but he has also been praised for arranging voter ID cards before 29 December 2008. He and the government has been accused domestically and globally to de-politicise the country. Hundreds of political figures, including two ex-prime ministers, ministers, lawmakers and local government heads, have been imprisoned by the regime accusing them of corruption. Although some of these figures were notoriously corrupt, most of them do not have any specific allegation against them. The regime's anti-corruption drive has been widely praised and criticised around the globe. Reacting his political statement Sheikh Hasina said if you have ambition to do politics come without uniform.
However, he raised much controversy during the tenure. Some quarters also hold him responsible for degrading Army's fame and reputation among the general mass. He arguably also displayed non-soldier like attitude both during and after the tenure. Moeen U Ahmed trid to sell property in Bangladesh and gladly received US Green Card. Presidential Adviser Mukhles Chowdhury alleged that the incident of 1/11 caused serious harm to the morale and professionalism of the army, which was used for serving personal interest. Political parties observed 11 January as a black day
Own brand democracy
Moeen assured Hussain Muhammad Ershad to make him the President and breached the agreement. As he betrayed Ershad, Dr Kamal Hossain, B Chowdhury and Dr Muhammad Younus, he was also betrayed by Hasina. Moeen has some advisors like Matiur Rahman, Mahfuz Anam and A M M Bahauddin. They helped Moeen in implementing 'Minus Two Formulae' Moeen published a political book with uniform and he gave formula of own brand democracy beyond his capacity and jurisdiction violating his service code and the constitution. Advisor to the President M Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury was against Moeen's plan to declare Martial Law and he made it impossible by mobilising international support. Moeen ousted de facto head of the state Mukhles Chowdhury from power and ruled the country for two years. making the President a puppet. Moeen wanted to be the President Moreover, he sent Brigadier General Fazlul Bari to US State Department after coup of 11 January 2007 to take approval of Martial Law or allow him to be the President, which was written by Daily Manabzamin Chief Editor later. Moeen formed a political front 'Jago Bangladesh' when he was army chief. He was born in Chittagong District, but he hails from Noakhali. Mahmudur Rahman and other journalists' reports were published in the daily Amar Desh about Moeen's corruption in Trust Bank, where he was chairman and his elder brother Ikbal U Ahmed was managing editor again unlawfully. Moeen started depoliticising Bangladesh. Later, Maudud Ahmed admitted that politicians were persecuted and suggested to put Moeen and his associates on trial for their violation of constitution and corruption.
He is married to Naznin Moeen, and they have a son and a daughter; Nihat Ahmed and Sabrina Ahmed.
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Lieutenant General Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury
|Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army
15 June 2005
General Md Abdul Mubeen