Honoring Our Hero – Cecil Chaudry

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Cecil Chaudry
Yesterday marked the second death anniversary of war-hero Cecil Chaudry. He passed away in Lahore on 13-4-2012. Chaudry was put on life support system and was suffering from lung cancer.

Christians in Pakistan takes this occasion to pay tribute to one of the most loved war heroes and a true veteran of the Christian Community. He was schooled at St. Anthony High School and later completed Bachelors in Physics from Forman Christian College.

Cecil Chaudhry was a legendary fighter pilot of Pakistan Air Force who participated in a number of aerial battles during the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars. He was credited with several air-to-air kills and was one of the distinguished Pakistani strike and fighter pilots of the period. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurrat and the Sitara-e-Basalat for his role in Pakistan’s war with India in 1965 in 1971.

It is apparent that his career growth was hampered due to his faith and prominence. He was told by the air force high command that he would not be “promoted any further” after completing a deputation in Iraq in 1983. He then became a human rights activist and the principal of St. Anthony’s School. Cecil Chaudry retired from his post in 2011.

An influential human rights activist, Chaudhry worked for educational reform and for the betterment of children with disabilities in his later years. Late Cecil Chaudhry showed his true colors in the 1965 and 1971 by displaying outstanding professionalism, unflinching devotion and exemplary courage. He was indeed an asset to the nation and the Christian Community.