Cecil Chaudhry. A Fighter Pilot, Educationist & Human Rights Activist.
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Mr. Cecil Chaudhry was born on Aug 27, 1941, in a Christian (Roman Catholic) group of Dalwal Village situated in the Salt Range. Child of veteran photograph journalist F.E. Chaudhry, Cecil joined the PAF on March 12, 1958, and got dispatched in the GD (P) branch on June 26, 1960.
During his career, he commanded two Mirage squadrons and Combat Commanders School. Mr Chaudhry participated in several aerial battles during the 1965 and 1971 wars with India. Credited with several air-to-air kills and was one of the distinguished Pakistani strike and fighter pilots of that time. He was attributed with a few aerial kills and was one of the recognized Pakistani strike and military pilots of that time.
Group Captain Chaudhry shown remarkable demonstrable skill, unfazed commitment and excellent mental fortitude during the two wars. His administrations were past the call of ordinary obligation and he made critical commitments to the air prevalence that the PAF accomplished during the 1965 war. He was a part of the famous assault formation which was responsible for the pulverization of Halwara airfield and the Amritsar radar in the 1965 war. In acknowledgment of his exemplary administrations, he was granted Sitara-I-Jurat and Sitara-I-Basalat.
After his retirement in 1986, he turned into an educationist and rights activist. He served in as head of St. Anthony's College for quite a long time. Afterward, he was selected head of St. Mary's Academy at Lalazar, Rawalpindi. He resigned from this post in July and joined the Punjab Education Foundation as its executive. Mr Chaudhry worked for the advancement of exceptional kids and for educational reforms. He stayed associated with the National Commission for Justice and Peace, and played a key role in the 14-year campaign that led to the restoration in 2002 of the joint electorate system for minorities.
He deserts three little girls and a child – Michelle Chaudhry, Carol Hay, Merlyn Khan and Cecil Chaudhry Junior. He was suffering from lung cancer and was under treatment at the Combined Military Hospital where he passed away at the age of 70 years old on 13 April 2012.