[dropcap]I[/dropcap]SLAMABAD – Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif yesterday said Pakistan Army is the most battle-hardened force whose overwhelming achievements in the war on terrorism are globally acknowledged and speak volumes of professional competence.
“We have to strive hard to maintain that level and keep improving our combat efficiency which is only possible through rigorous training,” General Raheel said, while witnessing the concluding ceremony of 3rd Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency Championship held near Attock.
Stressing the need of physical fitness for a soldier, the COAS appreciated the phenomenal performance, competitive spirit and efforts of both trainers and trainees in achieving remarkable standards.
Physical fitness helps in improving self-confidence and competence of a soldier, he remarked.
He said it is heartening to note that Pakistani soldiers are way above the international standards laid down to judge physical efficiency.
He also appreciated the soldiers for setting new records and encouraged them to participate in national and international events.
He asserted focused training is the heart and soul of combat readiness and contributes positively to success on the battlefield.
The army chief also awarded trophies to winner and runner-up teams as well as medals for best individual performances.
Sepoy Ali Raza was declared overall best player of the championship while Sepoy Muhammad Waqas and Sepoy Sabir Hussain secured second and third positions, respectively.
Earlier, on his arrival, the army chief was received by Training and Evaluation Inspector General Lt-Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.