Amir Khan visits Pershawar school where 132 children were massacred

Boxer had previously donated £30,000 shorts to help raise funds for repairs

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Amir Khan paid his promised visit to the school in Peshawar, north-western Pakistan, where Taliban militants massacred 148 people, including 132 children. 

The British boxer (third from left, front rank), who has denounced the Taliban’s actions, said he wanted to pay his respects to the victims of the attack on 16 December and help encourage children scared to return to school.

He also said he would set up a boxing academy in Lahore.

Khan travelled to the country last week after donating the shorts he wore against Devon Alexander - woven with gold and worth £30,000 - to raise money to repair the Army School.

Speaking before making the journey, Khan said: “I will be going to Pakistan between Christmas and New Year. Talking about this stuff could be threatening for me, but I just want to speak the truth and tell people what is happening is wrong.

“I would not consider cancelling the trip – you can’t hide away. Look, everything is in God’s hands and you cannot hide away from life. If something is going to happen it will happen.

“Everything is written for you, I believe, and you just have to go out there and do what you have to do and carry on with your life. You cannot let things like this stop you.

“I think it’s more important now than ever to go over there. I think it will send a statement to a lot of people that Amir Khan is going there to make a difference. I want it to be a better country. It’s just a shame – I cannot believe how sick some people are.”

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