Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said his government will benefit from the experience and skill of British boxer Amir Khan to promote boxing in the Punjab as Pakistani boxers need modern training. He told a meeting with Pakistani expatriate British boxer Amir Khan, talking about the promotion of boxing, "It is a matter of pleasure that Amir Khan will train Pakistani boxers and assured that maximum cooperation will be extended in this regard.
He has achieved a prominent place in the field of boxing and won laurels for the country. The Pakistani people are happy over successes of Amir Khan in boxing as his family belongs to Pakistan. He went on, "There is a lot of talent in Pakistan in boxing and other sports; however, there is a need to polish this talent. The trend of extremism can be checked through promotion of sports and other healthy activities and Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme for promoting sports and positive activities in the province. Playgrounds and state-of-the-art sports centers have been set up on the vacant state land in the provincial metropolis and other big cities and towns of the province.
"Modern facilities have been provided in sports centers and gymnasiums and the purpose of these measures is to motivate the youth towards healthy activities and explore their hidden talent." The boxer said the chief minister was trying to promote sports in the Punjab and that he wanted to provide training of international standard to Pakistani boxers. Those also present were Provincial Minister for Education and Sports Rana Mashhood Ahmad, Sports Secretary and boxer Amir Khan's father Sajjad Khan and brother Tahir Khan.