Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury made objectionable remarks about Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, prompting sharp reaction from the Army Headquarters (HQ).
The HQ described Chowdhury’s comments as irresponsible, untrue and totally motivated.
On Tuesday (Oct 9), Zafrullah said during a Talk Show titled “Sompadokio” (Editorial), “....our current Chief of Army Staff Aziz was a Commander in Chattogram, He was a GOC and commandant there. Huge number of weapons, ammunitions was stolen, lost, sold from there; for which General Aziz faced a court martial.”
The Army Headquarters, strongly opposing Chowdhury’s remarks, said, “Zafarullah Chowdhury’s comments about the Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed were irresponsible and untrue, because the current Army Chief was never employed as a GOC or Commandant in Chattogram. He served as the Brigade Commander of 33rd Artillery Brigade from Sept 2010 to Jun 2011 in Cumilla, as the Brigade Commander of 6th Independent ADA Brigade in Dhaka from Jun 2011 to May 2012 in Dhaka, and he was the GOC of 33rd Infantry Division in Cumilla from May 2012 to Dec.”
“No incident of stealing or loss of weapons or ammunitions took place in Chattogram or Cumilla Cantonment during the said time. It should be noted here that the present Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed has never faced the court martial in his long illustrated career,” the rejoinder added.
It also said, “Such irresponsible and untrue statements about a dignified sitting army chief is fully motivated, which clearly appears to be malicious attempts to undermine a state institution like the Army including its chief in front of the public.”
“Dr. Zafrullah’s irresponsible and untrue statements not only stained the reputation and social status of General Aziz Ahmed as the army chief, but severely demeaned the rank of an Army Chief, which misled all serving army personnel and affected their morale negatively. Besides, such propaganda against such a disciplined force like the army has hurt its unity, which is unwarranted. '