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Lahore: 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."


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