Amir Khan to build boxing academy in Pakistan

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Lahore, Dec 29 (IANS) Former Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan, a British boxer of Pakistani origin, announced that he will set up a boxing academy in Pakistan.

On a visit to the Data Darbar Sunday, where he laid a floral wreath on the grave of Sufi saint Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery and offered prayers for the victims of the Peshawar school massacre, Amir urged the government to eliminate terrorism by promoting education and sports among Pakistani youths, Dawn online reported Monday.

“There is so much boxing talent in Pakistan,” he told reporters.

“I have a desire to build a boxing academy here to discover this talent and impart training of international standards.”

The 28-year-old Amir, who finished second in the lightweight category in the boxing competition at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said he had come to Pakistan to show the world that the country is not a dangerous place but a peaceful land.

“Pakistan is a safe and peaceful country … We all should be good Muslims,” he said.

The former world light welterweight champion said he would also visit Peshawar to meet the families of the attack victims.

“What took place in Peshawar is absolutely horrific and sickening,” he added.

“After recently becoming a father myself, I can’t imagine how the families of these innocent children are feeling.”

Earlier Sunday, Amir met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and discussed ways to promote sports in the province. He appreciated Shahbaz’s efforts for promotion of sports, expressing his willingness to play a role in this.

“Amir Khan has earned a lot of fame and respect in the field of boxing. Promoting sports in the country is key to fighting terrorism that has engulfed Pakistan,” Shahbaz said.

Shahbaz also assured Amir that every drop of blood shed during the attack on the Army Public School would be avenged.

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