Another Hero Lost- Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry Dead

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Cecil Chaudhry born on 27 August 1941,Dalwal, Punjab, British India, now Pakistan was a Pakistani Christian, academic, human rights activist, and veteran fighter pilot. As a Flight Lieutenant, he fought in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 and later, as a Squadron Leader, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. During the 1965 war, Chaudhry and three other pilots, under the leadership of Wing Commander Anwar Shamim, destroyed the Amritsar Radar Station in a difficult attack. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (Star of Courage) for his actions during that mission.

Chaudhry was also an influential, independent human rights activist, as well as working for the betterment of children with disabilities and for educational reform. He advised and worked closely with the late Shahbaz Bhatti from the early 1990s onwards and has been Executive Secretary of the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) since its inception. He is also affiliated with the National Commission for Justice and Peace and was instrumental in leading the fourteen year campaign that led to the restoration of Pakistan’s joint electorate system in 2002.

He died today, April 13th, 2012 in Combined Military Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan. He had been fighting bravely against lung cancer for the past many years. His death is a sad loss after the brutal assassination of the slain ex federal minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti (Martyr).

 

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