Mohammad Abdur Rab (Bir Uttam)

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Mohammad Abdur Rab
Born 1919
Habiganj, British India (now Bangladesh)
Died 1975
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Allegiance Pakistan, Bangladesh
Service/branch Pakistan Army, Bangladesh Army
Rank Major General ( Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from Pakistan Army in 1970)

1st East Bengal Regiment

Staff SSD Unit, Pakistan Army
Commands held chief of staff of Bangladesh Forces in 1971[1]

Mohammad Abdur Rab, Bir Uttom (Bengali: মোহাম্মদ আব্দুর রব) (born 1919 - died 1975) also known as M A Rab, was the first Chief of Staff of the Bangladesh Army from April 10th 1971 till 6th April 1972.

Early life[edit]

Abdur-Rab was born at village of Khagaura under Baniachang thana of Habiganj in 1919. A lifelong bachelor, he was elected as lawmaker from the Jatiya Sangsad constituency comprising Baniachang and Ajmiriganj thanas.[2]


Abdur-Rab died 14 November 1975[3] at the Combined Military Hospital, Dhaka at age 56. He had been suffering from ailments including anemia. He was laid to rest at his village of khagaura on the banks of Khowai River in Habiganj.

His younger brother Abdur Rahim said that no pension was paid to any of his family members. Abdur Rab's grave is at the district headquarters of Habiganj. Other than some local freedom fighters, nobody was seen to go visit the site, even on the country's national days. [4]

After independence of Bangladesh[edit]

Abdur Rab was honoured with the 'Bir Uttam', the country's second highest award. He was also given the rank of Major General. He was awarded the Independence Day Award posthumously in 2000.[5]


  1. ^ "Gen MA Rab's anniversary of death today". The Daily Star. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Hossain, Abu Md. Delwar (2012). "Rob, Major General MA". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  3. ^ "MA Rab". News Today. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Behind the Scene". Star Insight. The Daily Star. November 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "List of Independence Awardees". Cabinet Division (in Bengali). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. মরহুম মেজর জেনারেল মোহাম্মদ আবদুর রব (বীর উত্তম) - স্বাধীনতা ও মুক্তিযুদ্ধ [Late Major General Mohammad Abdur Rab (retd) - Liberation War]