Zafar Ahmad Chaudhry (19 August 1926 to December 17, 2019) was a Qadiani-Ahmadi who was commissioned in the Royal Indian Air Force as P/Off., and was inducted in No. 7 Squadron in 1946, this was after WW-2, so it seems that he never saw any action. In 1947, per the order of his Khalifa, he decided to join the Pakistani Air Force, some Ahmadi’s remained in the Indian Air Force, however, most of them did move to Pakistan. Hence, Mirza Bashir Ahmad wrote an essay saying it was admissible for Ahmadi’s to kill other Ahmadi’s in war. By the 1960’s, he joined an ever increasing list of Ahmadi officers in the Pakistani military, the others are General Abdul Ali Malik, General Akhtar Hussain Malik (his brother) another group of brothers who became Generals are General Iftikhar Janjua and Major General Ijaz Amjad. He was appointed by Bhutto as the first Chief of Airb Staff of Pakistan Air Force, appointed in 1972 until his resignation in October of 1974. Ahmadiyya sources tell us that he resigned because Ahmadi’s were declared as Non-Muslim. He was 48 at that time.
After the partition of India, he subsequently went to join the Pakistan Air Force, and qualified as an instructor on flying the T-6 Texan.:28-29 He was further educated at the RAF Staff College in Andover, Hampshire in United Kingdom before being directed to attend the Joint Service Defence College of the British Army.:335 He later secured his qualification from the Imperial Defence College before returning to Pakistan.:38
There are no records of his activities in this era. It is unclear if he participated in the war for Kashmir in 1948-1949.
In 1965, Air-Commodore Chaudhry served in the Air AHQ as a DG Air Operations, taking responsibility to plan combat aerial operations against the Indian Air Force during the second war with India.:122 In 1969, Air Cdre Chaudhry was appointed AOC of the Sargodha Air Force Base, eventually commanding the No. 38 (Tactical) Wing.:24
Air Mshl. Chaudhry authorized the Air Force Intelligence (AFINTEL) to conduct inquiries for the court-martial of several senior air force generals and officers at the JAG Corps, Air Force for their alleged political role in stabilizing the civilian government.:95-96
Zafar disagreed with Bhutto on the court martial situation of 21 officers, Zafar tried to use underhanded tactics to oppose Bhutto. He was thus forcibly retired from military service on 4-15-1974 (See the Pakistan Times of 4-16-1974, via Bashir Ahmad, “Ahmadiyya Movement, British-Jewish connections”).
Chaudhry was the last air marshal to command the air force, and eventually led the air force’s command to Zulfiqar Ali Khan, the air force’s first four-star general. After his retirement, Chaudhry became an activist and was a founding member of the Human Rights Commission (HRC), serving as its Treasurer  and is currently a Council Member..
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