LAHORE (APP) – People’s Liberation Army (China) and Pakistan Army dominated the opening day the First International PACES (Physical Agility & Combat Efficiency System) Competition-2016 commenced at the Ayub Stadium Lahore Cantt.
The event is being organised by Pakistan Army, which is the first-ever such competition in the world. China won the Pull-Ups contest in which China’s First Sergeant Zhang Qi completed 71 Pull-Ups while Pakistan Army’s Sepoy Zubair scored 67 Pull-Ups in two minutes time. China’s Lance Corporal lagged behind with just one completing 66 Pull-Ups to get the third position.
Earlier, Commander Lahore Corps Lt-General Sadiq Ali declared the PACES Competition Open amid a colorful ceremony at the Venue which was attended by a large crowd. All the participating teams joined a Flag March Past, followed by Army’s regimental troupes, representing all provinces of Pakistan including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammun Kashmir, which presented traditional folk dances on the tune of famous regional songs and a spectacular demonstration by the Pakistan Army band, which won thunderous applauds from the audience.
The most impressive and heart-touching gesture was demonstrated by Chinese and Turkish soldiers who showed their sincere and lasting friendship with Pakistan BY holding their own and Pakistani flags during the March Past.
The armies of 16 countries are taking part in the event. The army contingents participating in the event include United Kingdom, Nepal, Sri lanka, Jordan, China(Liberation Army), Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Malayasia, Australia, Maldives, Bangladesh, USA, Turkey and Indonesia.