Zia Ahmed (officer)

Zia Ahmed
Born26 July 1954
Sujanagar Upazila, Pabna District, East Pakistan, Pakistan
Died11 September 2012
United Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Banani Army Graveyard
Allegiance Bangladesh
Service/branch Bangladesh Army
RankMajor General

Zia Ahmed was a Major General of the Bangladesh Army and former chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.[1][2]

Early life

Ahmed was born on 26 July 1954 in Sujanagar Upazila, Pabna District, East Pakistan, Pakistan.[3] His father was Sarder Jayenuddin, a notable poet.[3] He graduated from Tejgaon Polytechnic High School and Notre Dame College, Dhaka.[3]


Ahmed was commissioned in the Signals Corps of Bangladesh Army in 1975.[4]

Ahmed had served in the United Nations Operation in Mozambique.[4]

Ahmed was sent into forced retirement from Bangladesh Army during the 2001 to 2006 Bangladesh Nationalist Party government with the rank of Brigadier General.[3] After Awami League came to power in 2009, Ahmed was promoted to Major General and appointment chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in February 2009.[3] He replaced Major General Manzurul Alam.[5] He was appointed on a three year contract.[6] He signed the agreement for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission's Bangabandhu Satellite.[7] He had demanded 30 billion taka in taxes from Grameenphone, the largest telecom company in Bangladesh.[8] After Alam, Ahmed was the second Army officer to head the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.[9]

In November 2010, Ahmed spoke at a event organized by Lieutenant General Harun-Ar-Rashid which criticised the political statements issued by former Army officers in favor of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.[10] He also briefly blocked Facebook that year in Bangladesh.[11]

Ahmed made the pulse rate for cellphone operators at 10 seconds.[9] He struggled with the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology over organizational jurisdiction harming ties between the two entities.[9]


Ahmed died on 11 September 2012 in United Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh.[3] He was buried in Banani Army Graveyard.[4]


  1. ^ Report, Star Business (2009-02-26). "Brig Gen Zia new BTRC chairman". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  2. ^ Report, Star Business (2012-09-17). "Zia Ahmed: life as telecom regulator and beyond". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Correspondent, Staff (2012-09-11). "BTRC chief Zia Ahmed passes away". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  4. ^ a b c bdnews24.com. "BTRC chief Zia Ahmed buried". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  5. ^ bdnews24.com. "Zia Ahmed set for BTRC job". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  6. ^ bdnews24.com. "Zia Ahmed made BTRC chairman". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  7. ^ International, Space Partnership. "Bangabandhu Satellite for The Peoples Republic of Bangladesh". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  8. ^ bdnews24.com. "EXCLUSIVEGP must pay: BTRC chief". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  9. ^ a b c Mamun, Abdullah (2012-09-11). "3 years of a telecom regulator". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  10. ^ "Keep armed forces above controversy". The Daily Star. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2022-08-17.
  11. ^ bdnews24.com. "Facebook reopens". bdnews24.com. Retrieved 2022-08-17.