"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."