General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, ndc, psc was born on 01 December 1958 in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh. The General was commissioned on 18 June 1978 in Armoured Corps from Bangladesh Military Academy. He has taken over the Command of Bangladesh Army as Chief of Army Staff on 25 June 2015 and he is the Chairman, Board of Directors, Bangladesh Diesel Plant Limited since 21 September 2016.
General Belal for his outstanding performance in the Military Academy, was adjudged as the best all round cadet of his batch and was awarded with “Sword of Honor”. He obtained Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dhaka University, Masters Degree on ‘Defense Studies’ from National University of Bangladesh and Masters in Philosophy from Bangladesh University of Professionals. Presently the General is doing PhD on Regional Connectivity under the same university.
General Belal has attended several professional courses both at home and abroad. His foreign courses include Armoured Officers Basic Course in China, Armoured Officers Advance Course and Airborne Course in USA. He is a graduate of Defense Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur and Command and General Staff College, USA. He attended National Defense Course and Capstone Course at NDC, Bangladesh.
General Belal has a fine mix of all three types of appointments available in the Army i.e Staff, Instructor and Command. He Commanded two Armoured Battalions, two Infantry Brigades, an Armoured Brigade and two Infantry Divisions. As a staff he served as the ADC to the Hon’ble President of Bangladesh, Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Colonel Staff of an Infantry Division.
He also served as Military Secretary, Adjutant General of Bangladesh Army and as Principal Staff Officer in the Armed Forces Division. As an Instructor he served in Bangladesh Military Academy. The General also served as Directing Staff, Senior Instructor and Chief Instructor in Defense Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur. Besides, the General was Commandant of Defense Services Command and Staff College, Bangladesh Military Academy and Armoured Corps Centre & School. He had a tour of duty as Director General of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).
General Belal was a member of the pioneer Group of Officers sent to UN Peace Keeping Mission from Bangladesh. He was an observer in UNIIMOG in 1988-1989 and Deputy Force Commander of UNMEE in 2007-2008.
He is a widely traveled person and a keen golfer. He is happily married to Shoma Huq and the couple is blessed with a daughter and a son.