Boxer Amir Khan is now an honorary captain of the Pakistan Army

Boxer Amir Khan is now an honorary captain of the Pakistan Army

He announced his newest award on Instagram days after the Pakistan Sports Board got the Amir Khan Boxing Academy vacated by the FC.
06 May, 2024

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan was granted the honorary rank of captain by the Pakistan Army on Saturday.

In a video shared to his Instagram account, Khan thanked the army for the honour.

The boxer clarified that the title was “simply an honorary rank” given to him by his country, Pakistan.

“I have a lot of love for the people of Pakistan and the country as a whole. So, I wanted to share this experience,” he wrote in a comment under the video.

Khan emphasised that he did not have “any involvement in the politic[al] side of things”.

The move comes shortly after Khan disclosed that the Frontier Corps (FC) paramilitary force had taken over his boxing academy in Islamabad and set up residence in the academy, which is located within the Pakistan Sports Complex.

According to Dawn, after suffering criticism, the Pakistan Sports Board got the Amir Khan Boxing Academy vacated by the FC, which had been residing on its premises for almost two years.

Khan appreciated the government for getting the facility vacated, saying he would ensure it becomes activated in a month.

“I want to say big thank you to Pakistan Sports Board and Pakistan Army and also government, also Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi, who helped us a lot for getting the premises vacated,” the former WBC silver welterweight world champion said in a video message from Dubai.

“All FC personnel have gone from [the] gym [academy]. We will open the gym after one month and we will bring all new required equipment. I had been receiving a lot of messages from aspiring boxers that they had been unable to train. But now they can do that and aspire to fight for Pakistan on the world stage.”

In a post still available on Instagram, Khan called his visit to Lahore in April a “productive trip”.

“Don’t believe all the false news about the academy — I still have the gyms and after speaking to the right people it will reopen very soon,” he stated.

The boxer also met Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir in Rawalpindi.

Khan had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up the academy in 2015 and subsequently set up a state-of-the-art facility. The facility was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic and was taken over by the FC in 2022.


Salman May 06, 2024 12:22pm
We are not a serious country
Taj Ahmad May 06, 2024 08:13pm
Congrats to boxing legend Amir Khan.
X May 06, 2024 08:37pm
Amir Khan is not even Pakistani and holds British Nationality!
Asif May 06, 2024 10:38pm
Only happens in pakistan.
Babar A May 07, 2024 12:19am
Only last week or so Maryam was dressed in police uniform, now we have AK dressed in Pak military uniform, both undeserving to wear the sacred uniform, it has to be earned, not gifted!!!
Ron May 07, 2024 04:35am
Captain Amir... Make some impact on the lives of poor in Pakistan, that will only be remembered
Jawad May 07, 2024 07:48am
Good gesture and we should appreciate it.
Hawk May 07, 2024 10:10am
It is a thing of honour for being captain . He highlighted the name Pakistan in the world.