Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Lahore, to preside over the prize distribution of Pakistan Army PACES Competition. PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System), is an initiative to improve the physical training regime within the Army, according to a press release.

The programme relies on modern scientific techniques to assist each soldier in achieving requisite fitness standards by concentrating on individual rather than group based development.  After tests and trials, the system is now in its second year and is producing very good results. The COAS appreciated the standards displayed by participants and the efforts of both trainers and trainees in achieving those standards.  He said regardless of the advances in warfare technology, the basic traits of soldiering are as important as ever, with physical fitness being one of the most important.