Ejaz Rasool Chaudhri, 83/Liaquat

Cdre.(R) Ejaz Rasool Chaudhri - 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Ejaz Rasool Chaudhri, kit no. 83/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1959 in 8th class and left the college in 1964 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 4 January 1947, and was married to Dr. Shaheen Ejaz on 9 October 1977. They have 2 children - daughter Kinza and son Naveed.

Ejaz acquired his early education from St. Michael's Convent School and Govt. High School Mirpurkhas before joining Cadet College Petaro in 1959.  The college had just moved from Mirpurkhas to Petaro that very same year.

He excelled in studies at Petaro and obtained First Division in Matric and Intermediate Board Examinations. He was awarded the Stick of Honour in 1960-61.

With his leadership skills and excellent performance in studies and sports, Ejaz was initially appointed a Prefect in Liaquat House. During his last year at college (1963-1964), he was appointed the Junior Under Officer (JUO) of Liaquat House.

At the same time, he was an excellent sportsman. He became the college captain of the Cricket Team, Vice-Captain of the Shooting Team, and was a member of the Athletics Team.

Upon leaving Petaro, Ejaz Rasool Chaudhri joined Pakistan Navy in 1964 and spent six months at Pakistan Military Academy Kakul with 35 PMA Long Course. He was then trained at the Pakistan Naval Academy Manora and got his Ocean Watch Keeping Certificate from PNS Babur Cruiser.

After getting commission in the Navy as an officer, he was first posted to the Gun Boat Squadron in Chittagong, East Pakistan. He took part in the relief operations in 1970 against the cyclone that had devastated East Pakistan that year. During that same year, he was actively involved in trying to control and curb the nine month long civil war which led to the 1971 war. He carried out Gun Boat riverine operations in the areas of Barisal, Khulna, Sunerbans, Chittagong and Narayanganj during the civil war. He participated in the 1971 war and was taken a prisoner of war after the fall of Dhaka on December 16, 1971. He remained a POW in Camp Number 54 at Dhan Sagar, India, and was finally repatriated to Pakistan in 1974, and continued his service in the Pakistan Navy until 1999.

During his naval career, he had seven years of sea service. He commanded three categories of ships - a destroyer, a submarine chaser, and a gun boat. He served as Anti-submarine Warfare Staff Officer to Commander of the Pakistan Fleet, and later on as Commander Dockyard and Naval Harbor Master.

At the Naval Headquarters, he served as Director Project Ships. Subsequently, he was also the APSO to Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. In 1996, he was appointed as Pakistan Navy Civilian Authority.

Cdre. Ejaz completed his naval professional courses, i.e. Anti-submarine Warfare and Surface Warfare courses from Portsmouth, UK and Newport, USA. He qualified the Naval Staff Course from Rhode Island, USA and the Armed Forces War Course from NDC, Rawalpindi. Just before he left the Navy, he also completed his MBA from Preston University, Karachi in 1999.

Cdre. Ejaz also served as Pakistan's Naval and Defence Attaché at Colombo, Sri Lanka with accreditation also to the Maldives.

He participated briefly in the 1965 war and was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (SJ) for his performance in the 1971 War.

Ejaz Rasool Chaudhri retired as a commodore from the Pakistan Navy in 1999 from the Operations Branch.

After his retirement, he joined Karachi Golf Club as the Executive Officer, and served in that position until 2006. He then joined Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology as a Visiting Faculty Member from February 2007 to May 2010. He taught courses to BBA/MBA students.  Currently, he is working with a management and development company called N.I.P. (National Industrial Parks), Karachi as Staff Officer Coordination to the CEO.

Cdre. Ejaz is a life member of the Petarian Association and is an active member of the Petarian community.