Army cricket teams from different countries have arrived at Lahore to take part in the first ever Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System (PACES) competition being hosted by Pakistan Army.

Teams from Sri Lanka, England, Saudi Arabia, China and Australia will participate in the competition.

The event is being organised by Pakistan Army, which is the first-ever such competition in the world.

Commander Lahore Corps Lt-General Sadiq Ali declared the PACES Competition Open amid a colourful 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.

People's Liberation Army (China) and Pakistan Army dominated the opening day of the Pull-Ups contest in the First International PACES Competition-2016 that commenced at the Ayub Stadium on Tuesday.

The visiting cricket teams practised at (NCA) indoor and outdoor to prepare for the first leg of matches to be held on October 19, 21 and 22 in various grounds of Lahore. Later, the team will travel to Rawalpindi and Abbottabad to feature in the remaining matches.

On Wednesday, the participating teams will compete in 3.2-km run which will start at 9am from Askari-10 and end at the Ayub Stadium.

Players of different countries during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
Players of different countries during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
The British Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016 in Lahore. ─AFP
The British Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016 in Lahore. ─AFP
Members of the Australian army cricket team arrive for practice at the National Cricket Academy ahead of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
Members of the Australian army cricket team arrive for practice at the National Cricket Academy ahead of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
The Saudi Arabian Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
The Saudi Arabian Army team arrives at the opening ceremony of the First International PACES Competition 2016. ─AFP
A view of the graceful opening ceremony. ─APP
A view of the graceful opening ceremony. ─APP
Corps Commander Lt. General Sadiq Ali shaking hand with players during opening ceremony. —APP
Corps Commander Lt. General Sadiq Ali shaking hand with players during opening ceremony. —APP
Members of the Australian army cricket team practice at the National Cricket Academy. ─AFP
Members of the Australian army cricket team practice at the National Cricket Academy. ─AFP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System competition. ─APP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever PACES competition. ─APP
Players march-past during opening ceremony of first ever PACES competition. ─APP
The Srilankan Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─APP
The Srilankan Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─APP
A view of graceful opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System. ─APP
A view of graceful opening ceremony of first ever Physical Agility Combat Efficiency System. ─APP
The Chinese Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─AFP
The Chinese Army team arrives at the opening ceremony. ─AFP

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Ali
Oct 19, 2016 12:41am
This is great news for Cricket and PCB. Hopefully other teams will visit and soon PSL in Pakistan, In-Sha-Allah.
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TRUTHSPEAKS
Oct 19, 2016 12:52am
where are our neighbors, let me guess, doing some consipiracy to sabotage our image
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American Raja
Oct 19, 2016 01:01am
Love it! This is how you bring countries & people together. Well-come to Pakistan, may the best team win.good luck to all the young guests.
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Nicole
Oct 19, 2016 01:24am
Beautiful
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Khan
Oct 19, 2016 01:30am
Welcome to Pakistan friends...
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Indian Guy
Oct 19, 2016 01:34am
I always said Modi is fooling the Indian public. More and more proof is seen everyday.
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Adil
Oct 19, 2016 01:32am
Great Idea, beautiful pictures. All the best!
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indian muslim
Oct 19, 2016 01:37am
Amazing Picture Dawn. Four of the Saarc countries are participating in this competition
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N_Saq
Oct 19, 2016 01:44am
Pak is isolated because India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan armies did not participated :)
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Khanbaba
Oct 19, 2016 01:52am
Neighbors are punished for misbehavior so they are time out. But if they change their view and propaganda they will be allowed to participate.
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Imran
Oct 19, 2016 01:51am
Welcome to Pakistan. Let's spread love and peace unlike our neighbourhood country.
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Shawn
Oct 19, 2016 01:52am
Not so isolated now?
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yaqut khan
Oct 19, 2016 02:02am
indians be like see thats how we isolate other countries no nepal and bhutan.dear pakistanis deal with it you are totally isolated.
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Harmony-1©
Oct 19, 2016 02:06am
PACES is the first-ever such competition in the world. Nice...commendable first for Pakistan!
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M. Emad
Oct 19, 2016 02:09am
Most of the visiting armies are Victorious Army.
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indian muslim
Oct 19, 2016 02:14am
Wow..Four of the SAARC nations were the participants. Amazing Pictures DAWN
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Hassan
Oct 19, 2016 02:21am
@TRUTHSPEAKS the neighbours are busy in working with their actors and media to isolate us from the world, they do not have time to watch this
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ibiubu
Oct 19, 2016 02:32am
..the more India isolates us the more countries come to Pakistan.
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Ahmad
Oct 19, 2016 02:34am
Congratulations Pakistan, Sorry India!
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Ilias from NL
Oct 19, 2016 02:36am
FOR CRICKET India would never come across Pakistan at least for near future they can well assess how good Pakistan team now to beat them...and they have self made issues to avoid as we all know that ;)
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Bold expressions
Oct 19, 2016 02:37am
Every success and congrats to Pak Army. Keep it up.
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anony
Oct 19, 2016 03:05am
Excellent step by the Pak Army. Lovely pictures.
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Hammad Siddiqui
Oct 19, 2016 03:20am
@TRUTHSPEAKS srilanka, Bangladesh, China,nepal all there. As for a specific neighbor they believe that we are isolated so they weren't invited
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PakSal
Oct 19, 2016 03:28am
Nice ... first of its kind, pretty good :)
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syed
Oct 19, 2016 03:27am
Excellent!!!...Ohhhh where is India's Isolation policy????
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Changez Khan
Oct 19, 2016 04:11am
This will be a amazing competition. Hope Modi will watch live on TV.
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imran
Oct 19, 2016 04:23am
So great to see international teams back in pakistan especially Australia and England
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imran
Oct 19, 2016 04:27am
Wish India should have been part of this, apart from conspiracies, they are good team to look at for a sporting competition and chances of keeping the Winning Cup in Asia
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Zak
Oct 19, 2016 04:37am
Woww, i won't believe this. I am dancing after reading this.
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ART KP
Oct 19, 2016 04:42am
"A very warm welcome to all 16 Nations, May all countries who came as guests, leave as friends."
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Pakistani
Oct 19, 2016 05:14am
I wish I was there to support Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Good Luck to all.
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Proud Pakistani Kashmiri
Oct 19, 2016 05:18am
Welcome to Pakistan, friends.
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Khannaeem
Oct 19, 2016 05:50am
One more step forward for showing the world that Pakistani nation loves sports and Pakistani nation will always welcomes sports persons from all over the world
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AXH
Oct 19, 2016 05:48am
Was India invited or did it refuse to participate?
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Jalaluddin S. Hussain
Oct 19, 2016 06:14am
International PACES Competition is an excellent idea. The army organizers deserve genuine appreciation.
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Khan
Oct 19, 2016 06:13am
Where are the USA and Russia teams?
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Khan
Oct 19, 2016 06:18am
I don't see any women, looks like it is all men's games.
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Maverik
Oct 19, 2016 06:18am
We are so isolated - NOT!
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AHA
Oct 19, 2016 06:34am
Why India is not invited?
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sam
Oct 19, 2016 07:04am
Carry on with the good work Boys. Pakistan is way too Important to be Isolated,specially by a fake Propaganda.
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Nasir
Oct 19, 2016 07:09am
I thought we were already isolated around the world as reported by Indian media. Anyways a great news for Pakistan.
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YYY
Oct 19, 2016 07:13am
I thought Pakistan was isolated?
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ALI (CA)
Oct 19, 2016 07:17am
Welcome to Pakistan. Thank you to all 16 countries for the respect you gave us by hosting you.
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Mrs. Khan
Oct 19, 2016 07:46am
wow.. great. Keep it up !!!!
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ISB
Oct 19, 2016 08:05am
"I knew about it a few days ago, welcome."
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Gm
Oct 19, 2016 08:29am
Sport returns
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imtiaz syed
Oct 19, 2016 08:32am
This is not something that clearly shows we are not isolated however we should keep these events up. Soon we will get into real business.
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NaveedKhan
Oct 19, 2016 08:37am
This story made my day! Such a beautiful scene to see all these teams in Pakistan.
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Joe
Oct 19, 2016 08:45am
Good to read this . Best of luck Just a small information to few of my friends who talk about isolation . World military games were held in India and 101 counties army's 5832 athletic participated in 14 disciplines.
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KPK
Oct 19, 2016 08:49am
@Khan "USA and Russia will hopefully join the tournament next year."
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Asad
Oct 19, 2016 08:49am
@AHA India didnt pass the eligibility test... :-)
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Nomi
Oct 19, 2016 08:57am
Credit goes to Pak armed forces. Not to disregard our civilian Government. Timings of such activity is vital for Pakistan, since India has gone over jingoistic to isolate Pakistan. It would be more enthralling to see Russians and the central states under Russian influence be part of activities held in Pakistan. Sorry for Hindustan...
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yogi
Oct 19, 2016 09:16am
honestly, it makes me feel like modi getting isolated. good job pakistan :)
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Noman Aziz
Oct 19, 2016 09:36am
Great effort by Pakistan Army. Proud moment for Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad.
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Zealot
Oct 19, 2016 09:43am
And they say we dont want to play cricket in pakistan because there is terrorism..laugh out louder please
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xyz -indian
Oct 19, 2016 09:48am
where is Indian Army team, Pakistan should have invited Indian army also.
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Hassan
Oct 19, 2016 10:04am
instead of government to bring international sport players into Pakistan, its Pak Army convinced and assured foreign players to play in Pakistan and organising an event, what a shame for state govt.
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MFM
Oct 19, 2016 10:21am
No India did not isolate Pakistan. India destroyed SAARC.
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Civilian
Oct 19, 2016 10:24am
How about some civilians sports tournament...
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ebad
Oct 19, 2016 11:01am
welcome friends !
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Vivek Wani
Oct 19, 2016 11:04am
Positive approach by Pakistan, instead of criticizing, get involved in creativity. Nice coverage by Dawn.
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fara
Oct 19, 2016 11:16am
very happy to see 'ISOLATION' of Pakistan.. :p no offence dear neighbors ..
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conspiracy_theory
Oct 19, 2016 11:26am
@Truthspeaks - By neighbours do u mean India or Afghanistan or Iran?
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THINK SHUTTLE
Oct 19, 2016 11:37am
"I welcome Nepal and Bangladesh, especially. Please be 100% independent from India and be your own boss."
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rahul1
Oct 19, 2016 11:39am
Military hosting sports event! Whats the govt doing?
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nithinj
Oct 19, 2016 11:52am
@TRUTHSPEAKS WE are busy with Indian super league and Kabaddi WC :P
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Iftikhar Anwar
Oct 19, 2016 11:57am
@TRUTHSPEAKS well said
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ZAFAR
Oct 19, 2016 12:48pm
I remember how the pakistanis were jumping out of excitement for a mere exercise with russia while russia is signing deals and $20 billion FDI into India left and right. Just goes to show ones standard and regard in international community.
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zia luckluck
Oct 19, 2016 02:47pm
India not welcome, a very good response to not being invited to the BRICS summit in India. This move going economically and militarilyy isolate India.
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M Akram
Oct 19, 2016 03:08pm
Bravo great idea in ISOLATED Pakistan. Well done to whoever came up with the idea.
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Karim Mombani
Oct 19, 2016 03:43pm
Is this isolation?? huh!!! Pakistan Zindabad
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Ron
Oct 19, 2016 05:25pm
Well done.
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Ali
Oct 19, 2016 06:10pm
Excellent. This promotes not just healthy sports but our national image in the world. Again, it had to be military initiative for good work, but where is our civilian government? Well our government and politicians are too busy bickering and abusing each other to do any good for the country. We demand our politicians deliver on their election promises, as they are betraying their mandate. We want democracy and full "accountability" of our electoral and governance system, as the people of Pakistan deserve better leadership for peace, progress and prosperity.
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Ahmad
Oct 19, 2016 06:36pm
@xyz -indian You did not read the headline: Military sports" .. Not Bollywood sport tournament!
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Jason
Oct 19, 2016 06:49pm
Immensely positive step. Very good.
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sayyed noor amal
Oct 19, 2016 07:16pm
Great and welcome to Pakistan aAll teams and have a good time in Pakistan best of luck
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Global Peace
Oct 19, 2016 07:27pm
And India wants to isolate pakistan
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J USA
Oct 19, 2016 10:44pm
@Khanbaba really... Do you think they want to participate?
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Rishi
Oct 20, 2016 03:51am
My primary school sports event has more players and audience than this.
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ishrat salim
Oct 20, 2016 12:48pm
What our cricket board could not do living under excuse of security, our Army has done. Well done, hats off to you. Now, will all the international team has any excuse ? unless, our own cricket board wants that cricket should be held outside to mix game with pleasure.
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Salman A
Oct 20, 2016 07:40pm
@Rishi You people are being consumed by the tide of your nationalistic jingoism but this will fade away once the BJP govt gets going.
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Nabeel
Oct 20, 2016 07:50pm
Am I the only to that noticed the happiness on Chinese team? and also the only team having a flag of China as well as Pakistani. Long live Pak-China friendship.
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Zak
Oct 20, 2016 10:54pm
@N_Saq Btw Bangladesh, maldives and nepal did participate. Bhuttan is not allowed to have army under India's instruction.
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a
Oct 21, 2016 12:01am
@Ilias from NL Really ? Lol
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Amir
Oct 21, 2016 12:32pm
Nice strategy. .. hats off to the vision of brilliant heads behind this idea. Without spending a single bullet or hattered a strong signal to world that Pakistan is able to manage issues in its own way based on wisdom peace and respect.
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