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Independence Day

"Freedom is a precious gift, earned through sacrifice," said Col. Tariq

Mahmud, commanding officer of PakBatt at National Day celebrations held in Tbeng

Meanchey on Aug. 14.

Invoking the memories of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar and the

leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Tariq said "We are members of a proud and

free nation, where people value freedom and human rights over all other bounties

of the world. In our hearts burns the lamp of liberty, reminding us that 'Allah'

created all men free and equal."

The celebrations included a lighter touch as well. Attendees joined in playing musical

chairs, pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, a song contest, with dancing by members of the

PakBatt and locals.

Gen. Sanderson said that PakBatt "will have a special place in the hearts and

minds of those you served with in UNTAC."



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