Chief of Army Staff
General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, psc was born on 02 June 1957 in Comilla, Bangladesh. The General joined Bangladesh Military Academy on 19 March 1976 and was commissioned on 30 November 1976 in the Corps of Infantry.
He has attended several professional courses both at home and abroad. His foreign courses include Company Commander's Course in Malaysia, Course on Peace-Keeping for Decision Makers in the Defence Institute of International Legal Studies in Rhode Islands USA. He is a graduate of Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur and Command and General Staff College, USA. Besides, he took part in a workshop on Initiative for Conflict Management in JFK School of Government, Harvard University and Logistic Support Issues in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
General Karim has a fine mix of all three types of appointment available in the Army i.e. Staff, Instructor and Command. He commanded three Infantry Battalions, an Infantry Brigade and three Infantry Divisions. As staff he served as Colonel staff in an Infantry Division and Chief of General staff of Bangladesh Army at the Army Headquarters. He was Platoon Commander in Bangladesh Military Academy, Directing Staff of Defence Services Command and Staff College and Commandant of Defence Services Command and Staff College and School of Infantry and Tactics.
General Karim actively took part in Counter Insurgency Operation in Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh and participated in "Operation Desert Strom" where he received Liberation of Kuwait Medal. He also served as Commander Sector-4 of UNAMSIL in Sierra Leone.
General Karim has widely traveled around the globe that includes countries like USA, Canada, UK, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Saudi Arab, Kuwait, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Pakistan, China & Qatar.
He is happily married to Mrs. Tahmina Yasmin and has two daughters and one son.