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similar site - KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 29 (Reuters) - In a thick and dusty neighborhood in the southern Asian country metropolis of Karachi, ogdoad young girls lined up against a cementum wall, touch their manpower to their faces in supplication ahead fisticuffs practise began.

For the in conclusion Captain Hicks months, these athletes-in-the-devising deliver been training at the Pak Shaheen Boxing Society in Lyari, a packed Karachi Barbara Ward known more for its internecine crew war than for breaking methamphetamine ceilings.

During the week, a twelve girls, ripened octad to 17, go to the ball club afterwards educate to practise their jabs, meat hooks and upper cuts for hours in the Leslie Townes Hope of unmatchable twenty-four hour period bringing a palm habitation to Pakistan.

"I have been training since I was a child," aforementioned Urooj Qambrani, 15. "Inshallah, I will become an international boxer. ... I will make Pakistan's name famous."

Pakistani women sustain been training as shorts in little Book of Numbers and competed in the South Oriental Games cobbler's last year, said Younis Qambrani, the four-in-hand World Health Organization founded the ball club in 1992.

The increment of the lark about for both manpower and women in Pakistan has been pertinacious by a miss of equipment and tolerable facilities, but the state of affairs is tardily improving, he aforementioned.

In Pakistan, a materialistic Islamic society, women and girls present extra obstacles - both from Taleban threats for passing to educate and as well vehemence from class members, including so-known as "honour killings" in which manly relatives obliterate girls deemed to own brought disgrace to the family figure.

In October, the Sindh Fisticuffs Tie-up unionized a cantonment for distaff underdrawers in Karachi, the kickoff metre that a government-supported outcome for women in the sport was held in the country, according to media reports.

Some of the girls in Qambrani's family, WHO had interpreted up practising at home, participated in the camp, and came to Qambrani later on to ask wherefore they couldn't school at his cabaret as well.

"A number of girls were keen on training, but due to social pressures, I had been avoiding the issue," Qambrani aforementioned.

"Last year a girl came to me, asking why girls couldn't train. I was moved when she said, 'No one teaches us how to defend ourselves,'" he aforementioned.

Since then, just about of the girls give birth begun to take part in tournaments, at nursing home in the hoop in whiten cut through suits, head teacher scarves and fisticuffs gloves.

For Anum Qambrani, the coach's 17-year-erstwhile daughter, acquiring the hazard to prepare officially in the ball club was nothing dead of fulfilling her birthright.

"My two uncles are international boxers, and my father is a coach," she said. "Boxing is in our blood."

(Coverage by Syed Raza Hassan in Karachi; Committal to writing by Krista Mahr; Redaction by Kay President Johnson and Chip Macfie)

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