Zafar Chaudhry

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Air Marshal
Zafar Chaudhry
ظفر چودھری
8th Chief of Air Staff
In office
March 3, 1972 – April 15, 1974
President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Preceded by Abdul Rahim Khan
Succeeded by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Personal details
Born (1926-08-19) 19 August 1926 (age 90)
Awards Sitara-e-Quaid-i-Azam
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1945–1974
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Air Marshal (Lieutenant General)
Unit No. 7 Squadron Bandits
Commands Pakistan Air Force Academy
PAF Base Sargodha
ACAS (Operations)
Pakistan International Airlines
Chief of Air Staff (CAS) of the Pakistan Air Force
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

Zafar Ahmad Chaudhry, SQA (born 19 August 1926) was a three-star air force officer and the first Chief of Air Staff 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 served as the Managing Director of the national airline Pakistan International Airlines from July 1971 to March 1972.

Early life[edit]

He was commissioned in the Royal Indian Air Force on 9th April 1945. Chaudhry has commanded No. 9 Squadron, No. 32 Flying Wing (Mauripur), PAF Academy Risalpur and PAF Base Sargodha.

Early Career[edit]

Amongst his staff appointments, he was Director of Operations, Director of Plans and ACAS (Operations) at the AHQ. 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.

Personal life[edit]

Chaudhry is a tireless campaigner for Human Rights in Pakistan and 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