KARACHI: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Karachi on Friday where he awarded prizes to the winners of Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) army and Young Soldiers PACES championship, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations.
During the visit, the COAS addressed garrison officers, attended the closing ceremony of PACES Championship and witnessed training exercise of mechanised formation, said the ISPR.
The COAS talked to officers about environment, challenges and the response. While speaking to troops busy in training exercise, the COAS said that regardless of the advancement in warfare technology, the basic traits of soldiering are linked with maintaining high standards of training and physical fitness.
The army chief further said that Pakistan Army takes pride in maintaining high degree of training and physical fitness standards.
Gujranwala Corps team won the eighth Army PACES Championship while Engineer Centre team won the 7th Young Soldiers PACES Championship. Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Humayun Aziz accompanied the COAS during the visit.
Earlier on Wednesday, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa troops during his visit along Line of Control facing numerous ceasefire violations by Indian forces.
The army chief said Pakistan will never leave the Kashmiri people alone and play it’s rightful role at whatever cost. He said that Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir are bravely facing Indian atrocities under continued siege.
During the visit, the army chief was briefed on the prevailing situation, Indian ceasefire violations deliberately targeting civilians and response by the Pakistan Army.
“Kashmiris in IOJK are bravely facing Indian atrocities under continued siege. We shall never leave them alone and play our rightful role at whatever cos,” the COAS was quoted as saying.