Strict surveillance at Bangladesh-Myanmar border: Army Chief

Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed has announced that the Bangladesh Army is maintaining strict surveillance along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, ensuring the situation remains under control. He emphasized the readiness of the army, air force, and navy to defend the country’s sovereignty in any situation.

Speaking at the flag-raising ceremony for the newly formed 129 Brigade Signal Company at Sheikh Russell Cantonment on Saturday, Gen Ahmed said, “Our stance is clear. The Bangladesh Army is prepared to repel any future attacks. The Coast Guard and BGB are stationed to prevent border violations, such as the Rohingya influx. They are monitoring the situation closely and taking measures as per government directives. We are ready to take appropriate action if needed.”

He noted the Bangladesh Army’s successful contributions to UN missions and mentioned that Bangladeshi soldiers are currently serving in Kuwait and Qatar. Plans are in place to increase the number of soldiers in these countries. The Sheikh Russell Cantonment is also working round-the-clock to ensure the security of the Padma Bridge.

Reflecting on his tenure, Gen Ahmed expressed gratitude for the opportunity to lead the army and thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her support. “The Bangladesh Army is committed to maintaining the country’s dignity globally and ensuring the safety of our independent territory. We are always ready to perform our duties fearlessly in any crisis,” he said.

Gen. Ahmed arrived at Sheikh Russell Cantonment from Barisal by air at 12:10 PM. He is set to retire on June 23, concluding a 43-year career.

Army Chief Lieutenant General Waker-uz-Zaman, senior military officials, Shariatpur-2 MP AKM Enamul Haque Shameem, District Commissioner Muhammad Nizamuddin Ahmed, and Superintendent of Police Md Mahbubul Alam, among others, spoke at the event.

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