There is a palpable sense of resurgence and normalcy in all fields of our social life owing to great sacrifices of our men in uniform. Men in red track suits have also not lagged behind to bring back peace and élan to project soft image of Pakistan to the whole world. In the recently concluded indoor Asian Games at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, three out of four flying horses of Pakistan Army helped Pakistani Athletics Team win 4 gold medals in 400 meter relay race. This feat was achieved after almost 3 decades; last time was when a Pakistani policeman secured a gold medal in 1990 Asian Games for Pakistan. Gunner Nokar Hussain, Lance Naik Mehboob Ali and Sepoy Nishat Ali also won silver medals in Islamic Solidarity Games in February 2017.
Army Sports Directorate, since then pinned hopes to win a gold medal at continent level games, which they did. This is second gold medal won by Pakistan Army at continent level games in less than two years. First being won by Sepoy Muhammad Afzal in triple jump in 1st Youth Asian Games 2015. Though, during this time Pakistani athletes have won many medals in different events but winning gold medal at Asian Games and World/Olympic games has its unique flavor. When the green flag flies higher than the rest and national anthem is played, patriotic emotions are electrified and work as a fillip for others to perform equally well.
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