Zafar Chaudhry

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Zafar Ahmad Chaudhry
Born (1926-08-19) 19 August 1926 (age 88)
Allegiance Pakistan Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistani Air Force Ensign.svg Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1945–1974
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Air Marshal (Lieutenant General)
Unit No. 7 Squadron Bandits
Commands held Pakistan Air Force Academy
PAF Base Sargodha
ACAS (Operations)
Pakistan International Airlines
Commander-in-Chief Pakistan Air Force
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Sitara-e-Quaid-i-Azam

Air Marshal Zafar Ahmed Chaudhry, SQA (born 19 August 1926) was the first Chief of Air Staff and a three-star general of the Pakistan Air Force from March 1972 to April 1974. His predecessor, Abdul Rahim Khan, was called Commander-in-Chief. Before becoming the air chief, Chaudhry stayed as the Managing Director of the national airline Pakistan International Airlines from July 1971 to March 1972.

Chaudhry has commanded No. 9 Squadron, No. 32 Flying Wing (Mauripur), PAF Academy Risalpur and PAF Base Sargodha. Amongst his staff appointments, he was Director of Operations, Director of Plans and ACAS (Operations) at the AHQ.

He was commissioned in the British Indian Air Force on 9 April 1945. Among his important assignments in the PAF were: after commander of the PAF Academy and later of PAF Base Sargodha; at Air Headquarter, he did a tour as chief of operations. In between, he graduated from two British staff colleges as well as the Imperial Defence College.

He is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, has served as its Treasurer [1] and is currently a Council Member.[2]

Zafar Chaudhry belongs to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Abdul Rahim Khan
Chief of Air Staff
1972 – 1974
Succeeded by
Zulfiqar Ali Khan