Goans have been quite prominent in the armed forces of Pakistan and
have been well-recognized for their astute administrative skills,
bravery and intelligence. Among the most distinguished and feared
men in the Central Intelligence Department (CID) was the highly
competent Blasť Mascarenhas, who was decorated with a
'Tamgha-e-Khidmat' by the then President of Pakistan, Field Marshal
Mohammad Ayub Khan.
Blasť retired as the Deputy Director of the Intelligence Bureau and
settled abroad. Another name that came up was that of Patrick J.
Rodrigues who was also a senior Intelligence Officer of high repute
in early 1960s.
Men who served the Pakistan armed forces with honour and distinction
were Brigadier Mervyn Cardoza who was also decorated with the
Tamgha-e-Khidmat in one of the Indo/Pak wars; his brother Colonel
Eric Cardoza, Lt. Col. David DeSouza, Major Joseph Lobo, Major
Kenneth Cardoza, and Brigadier Dr. Hilary Zuzarte of the Medical
Corp (seconded to the Pakistan Air Force as an Air Commodore) and
Brigadier F.G. Pinto, Director Pakistan Signals. Major-General
Eustace DíSouza of the Indian Army was a student of St. Patrickís
High School, Karachi.
Cdr. Stanislaus DeSouza, Cdr. Arthur Cardoza, Lt. Cdr. Phillip
Menezes served the Pakistan Navy; and Air Commodore Charles Zuzarte,
Flt. Lt. Reginald Nazareth and Flt. Lt Rudy DíSouza (who was
in-charge of the combined Armed Forces Band) were proud members of
the Pakistan Air Force. Both the Zuzarte brothers (Hilary and
Charles) were decorated with the Sitara-e-Basalat (S.Bt.).
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