Written By: Maj Asim Ishaq
The United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is a joint African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission formally approved by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769 on July 31, 2007 to bring stability to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan while peace talks on a final settlement continue. Its initial 12-month mandate was extended to July 31, 2010. The mandate is for a force of up to 19,555 military personnel and 3,772 police, along with a further "19 Formed Police Units comprising up to 140 personnel each." The peacekeepers are allowed to use force to protect civilians and humanitarian operations. UNAMID is the first joint UN/AU force and the largest peacekeeping mission. Major troop contributing countries are Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Egypt and Tanzania.
March 23, 2017, was chosen as the day for medal parade at Al DAEIN super Camp in East Darfur. Clad in uniform and smartly turnedout Pakistan Contingent – PAKBATT 4 (43 Punjab Sadiq Battalion) presented relishing display of military parade.
The force commander Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi, Contingent Commander Brigadier Syed Mazhar Hussain attended the Medal wearing ceremony along with 23rd March celebrations. The guests were given a warm welcome by the military band of PAKBATT 4, Parade Commander Major Assad Mehmood Khan with his roaring request asked the chief guest to review the parade. The force commander and contingent commander then decorated medals on all soldiers and officers.
Force Commander was then ushered by Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Attiq Ahmed Khan Anjum to the traditional stalls laid out in beautiful colours and aesthetics. A group photo marked the end of the ceremony.
To reciprocate our care for people of Darfur Contingent Commander ordered establishing of a free Medical camp in Neem IDP camp in East Darfur, hosted by Pakistan on March 24. It included Specialist Doctors who flew all the way from Nyala South Darfur, free medicines and detailed checkup. A total of 1486 patients were treated who bore a smile on their faces, thanking for a much deserved relief.
DISTANT WE ARE; BONDED WE STAND
LIVE LONG PAKISTAN
PAKISTAN ARMY ZINDABAD!