Atiqur Rahman

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Lieutenant General M Atiqur Rahman
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Born (1931-09-01) 1 September 1931 (age 86)
Nationality Bangladeshi
Occupation Military Service
Known for Chief of Army Staff
Spouse(s) Mrs. Munira Atiq
Military career
Rank Lieutenant General

M Atiqur Rahman (born 1September 1931) was a Lieutenant General and Bangladesh's Chief of Army Staff from 1986 to 1990.

Early life[edit]

M Atiqur Rahman studied in Union Academy, Delhi. He did college in Gordon College, Rawalpindi.

Military career[edit]

Atiqur Rahman was commissioned in 1958 in artillery regiment.

Rahman did not join Bangladesh Liberation War, as he was held as a prisoner of war (POW). He returned from Pakistan in 1974 and was allowed to join Bangladesh Army. He was second Pakistan returned officer to become Bangladesh's Chief of Army Staff after Ershad.

During assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he was Colonel and later a brigade commander of Chittagong. He supported the 1982 Bangladesh coup d'état by Ershad to seize power. He was a Major General and head of Bangladesh Rifles during this time.[1] In the early hours of March 24, BDR chief Major General Atiqur Rahman with air force chief Air-Vice Marshal Sultan Mahmud and naval chief Rear Admiral M A Khan entered the Bangabhaban and placed a written statement before then President Sattar and mounted pressure on him to sign on it and hand over power to the army which eventually the president did.[2]

Chief of Army Staff[edit]

Rahman being the senior most major general Ershad promoted M Atiqur Rahman to the rank of Lieutenant General and appointed him as- Chief of Army Staff of the Bangladesh Army in September 1986.

Retirement[edit]

He retired from the Bangladesh Army with full Military Honours in August 1990. He was succeeded by Nuruddin Khan as appointed by President Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

Later life[edit]

After retirement General Atiqur Rahman stayed away from public eye and did not pursue a political career. However, in 2014 he joined an iftar party organized by Khaleda Zia [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liton, Shakhawat; Halder, Chaitanya Chandra (3 May 2014). "Ershad wanted to grab power after Zia killing". The Daily Star. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ershad wanted to grab power after Zia killing". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2016-03-20. 
  3. ^ Hamid, Rahmatul. পেশাজীবীদের সঙ্গে ইফতার করলেন খালেদা জিয়া. janatarnews24.com (in Bengali). Retrieved 2016-03-20.