DHAKA, June 15, 2020 (BSS) – Retired Bangladesh Air Force officer
Group Captain Saiful Azam passed away at the Combined Military
Hospital, Dhaka yesterday. He was 79.
He left behind his wife, son, daughter and relatives. His
Namaz-e-Janaza was held today at the parade ground (Big Top Hanger) of
Bangladesh Air Force Base Bashar, said an ISPR press release.
During this time, Bangladesh Air Force organized a fly-past in
honour of the departed soul.
Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force Air Chief Marshal
Masihuzzaman Serniabat including senior military officials,
representative of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy and members of
all ranks attended his Namaz-e- Janaza.
After Janaza, he was buried at Shaheen graveyard with state honour.
Group Captain Saiful Azam (Retd) is the only military pilot served
in four Air Forces (Bangladesh, Jordan, Iraq and Pakistan).
He was awarded the ‘TOP GUN’ in the United States for his
achievements in training and the ‘Sitara-e-Jurat’, the third highest
military award of Pakistan for outstanding achievements in Indo-Pak
war in 1965.
Besides, Group Captain Saiful Azam (Retd) was also awarded the
titles of ‘Wassam-al-Istiqlal’ and ‘Nawt-al Shuja’ by Jordan and Iraq.
He was awarded military titles in three countries-it’s a world
record. After independence, he returned to Bangladesh in 1974 and
joined Bangladesh Air Force.
He went on retirement in 1979 after performing various important
duties in the Bangladesh Air Force. In 2000, the United States honored
him with the title of ‘Living Eagle’. He was one of the 22 recipients
of this unique title in the world.