Hilary Zuzarte

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Hilary Zuzarte
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BornOctober 25, 1928
DiedDecember 7, 2020
  • Bachelor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Surgery
Alma mater
  • D. J. Sindh Government Science College
  • Dow Medical College
OccupationOne star Army / Air Force Officer in the Medical Corp

Brigadier/Air Commodore Dr. Hilary Zuzarte (October 25, 1928 – December 7, 2020) was a one star Army / Air Force Officer in the Medical Corp of the Pakistan Armed Forces. He is credited for being one of the few Christians with high military honors. His older brother, Air Commodore [1] Charles H. Zuzarte was also a decorated Electronics Officer in the Air Electronics Depot of the Pakistan Air Force.


He was born in Karachi, then British India, and was the third child of Edward Florence Zuzarte and Maria Reginaduciana De souza of Goa, India. He completed his primary education at St. Fidelis, Mussoorie, India, High School at St. Patrick's High School, Karachi, Pre Medical from D. J. Sindh Government Science College, and finally Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Dow Medical College, Karachi. After graduation he worked as a lecturer at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Hyderabad, Sindh.

Early days Pakistan Army / Pakistan Air Force

He joined the Pakistan Army in 1962 and was seconded to the Pakistan Air Force at PAF Base in Peshawar. He married Mary Iris Rose Dsouza and began his long career in the PAF. He was sent on training to Spain, and the United States and completed a course in Aeromedical Science. He was stationed as a Medical Officer at the PAF Hospital in Peshawar during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. He was stationed as a Senior Medical officer in Mauripur, later known as Masroor Base, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

Later years

He served as Senior Medical Officer in both PAF Base Masroor and PAF Base Peshawar, Director Aero Medical Institute at Masroor Base, and finally Director Medical Services at Air Head Quarters Peshawar.


He was a gentle, soft spoken man, and an excellent doctor. I am told that patients would wait in long lines as they preferred to see him as their attending physician. He saw patients of all ranks as well as non commissioned personnel.

As a doctor he had to attend air crashes and their follow up investigations which on occasions took him/and the team into hazardous, high altitude, mountainous areas.[2]As a Group captain, he served as a witness in the [3]"Badaber Trials" in which officers were facing Court-martial. His unbiased testimonial during the trial, to a certain extent, led to the acquittal of the accused officers.

Later life

Served as Director of Medical Services in Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.

Served on the board of Holy Family Hospital, Karachi.

He was an active member of the St. Vincent Depaul Committee, St. Anthony's Parish (Karachi) for many years.


  • Sitara-e-Basalat – 1977
  • Tamgha-e-Imtiaz


  1. Foundation., Shaheen (1988). The Story of the Pakistan Air Force : a saga of courage and honour. Shaheen Foundation. OCLC 20823183.
  2. Newspaper, From the (2012-08-02). "Tributes to PAF's Christian officers". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2021-12-07.
  3. Newspaper, From the (2012-08-02). "Tributes to PAF's Christian officers". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2021-12-07.

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