April 13 marked the fourth death anniversary of Group Captain Cecil Chaudhary who was a retired Pakistan Air Force officer, national hero of wars of 1965 and 1971; an educationist and a minorities rights activist.
Cecil joined Pakistan Air Force in 1958 and studied aeronautics and mechanical engineering during training. He fought the battle of 1965 as Flight Lieutenant and made an out-and-out show of sheer flying prowess and fearlessness and courage. In the same war, this valiant pilot bombed down three air crafts of the enemy’ air force.
In acknowledgement of his valor Government of Pakistan awarded him Sitara-e-Juraat (national award)
Later in the war of 1971, he took part as Squadron Leader and once again exhibited a fine show of bravery and was awarded Sitaara-e-Basaalat (national award) by the Government. After his retirement, he started striving for the rights of Christians in Pakistan. He joined Saint Anthony’ High School and worked at the post of Principal for 15 years.
He later established a political party Pakistan Minorities Alliance (PMA) in collaboration with Shahbaz Bhatti. He continued to strive for the rights of minorities especially for the Christians living in Pakistan. He was diagnosed as a cancer patient in 2010, despite worsening health he continued to make every effort for the rights of minorities in Pakistan. On April 3, 2012, he breathed his last and was laid to rest with great military honor. In his honor part of Lahore’ Lawrence Road was named after him.