Air Marshal Zafar Ahmed Chaudhry
, SQA (born 19 August 1926) was the first Chief of Air Staff
and a 3 star general
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 stayed as the Managing Director of the national airline Pakistan International Airlines
from July 1971 to March 1972.
Chaudhry has commanded No. 9 Squadron, No. 32 Flying Wing (Mauripur), PAF Academy Risalpur and PAF Base Sargodha
. Amongst his staff appointments, he was Director of Operations, Director of Plans and ACAS (Operations) at the AHQ.
Zafar Chaudhry belongs to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
. He was commissioned in the British Indian Air Force on 9 April 1945. 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. He is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
, has served as its Treasurer and is currently a Council Member.