LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) -- Athletes are not the only ones who need to be in top form to do their jobs. But in Pakistan, the government fears its police force is seriously out of shape. So officers have been told to get fit or get fired.
Pakistan's street cuisine, melt-in-your-mouth treats, deep fried in oil, often served swimming in oil; food that's guaranteed to add inches to your waist. And that has the government worried because some of the expanding waistlines belong to police officers.
Pakistan's finest, assigned to protect and serve the nation, are fast becoming Pakistan's flabbiest.
Sheikh iftikhar, the Punjab police force's second in command, says the department has put in place a mandatory exercise program
with this ultimatum for police officers to drop the pounds or risk losing your job.
Daily workouts start in the weight room with a barking trainer watching every move.
The equipment here is not the best, they may not have perfect form but they're working up a sweat and their heart rate is going which means they're getting a workout.
After the weightlifting, it's time for aerobics and other fat burning workouts.
It's no secret many often make fun of overweight police officers. If anyone's considering making fun of these men, they should remember these men make a little more than $10 a day, they put their lives on the line, and now they've committed themselves to getting in shape.
Muhammad Azad says the last time he worked out was 20 years ago. Today Muhammad has three children and suffers from diabetes but he'll do anything to serve his country, he says. Our hearts are made of stone, he says. No matter what we're asked, we'll do it.
That includes slimming down, getting in shape. For Muhammad and hundreds of other Pakistani police officers, their jobs depend on it.