Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Raheel Shareef Monday underlined the importance of individual soldier’s physical efficiency and combat worthiness for success of counter-terrorism operations.

He said, “Our performance in recent operations has been phenomenal and we have cleansed large remote areas of terrorists in the most treacherous terrain and in the most trying circumstances owing to fitness and professionalism of our officers and men.” “This makes us the most accomplished army that the world now recognizes and the nation rightly takes pride in,” the COAS added.

Gen Raheel Shareef was talking to officers and troops while witnessing the concluding ceremony of 4th Army Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Championship at Kharian, said an ISPR press release issued here.

He said, “We must continue to train hard in peace time to be able to take on multi-dimensional potential challenges so characteristic of any future conflict.” The COAS showed his satisfaction over objectives of the new physical standards, so essential for future battlefield environment, achieved through this new fitness regime.

Later, he gave away trophies to winner and runner-up teams and medals for best individual performances.

One hundred “Fittest of the Fit” and five “Super Fit” soldiers of Pakistan Army were awarded certificates and insignias.

Naik Muhammad Mateen was declared overall best player of the PACES championship 2015, whereas Sepoy Haffiz Allah Dad, Naik Muhammad Mateen, Gunner Sikandar Hayat, Sepoy Naveed Ashraf and Naik Qasim Ali secured first positions in respective Combat Efficincy Tests. Earlier, on arrival at Kharian, the Chief of Army Staff was received by Corps Commander Corps 1 Lt-Gen Mian Muhammad Hilal.