Students of coach Younus Qambrani posing with their boxing gloves at the first women's boxing coaching camp in Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Karachi, Pakistan, February 20, 2016. Reuters

IN PHOTOS: First Boxing Club for Girls Opens in Pakistan

A dozen girls between eight and 17 years of age have been training and competing at Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Karachi, a first in the Islamic country.



Students of coach Younus Qambrani show off their moves at the first women's boxing club in Pakistan.

For the past six months about a dozen girls, aged 8 to 17, have trained at the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Karachi after school to practice their jabs, hooks and upper cuts.

Pakistani women have been training as boxers in small numbers. A delegation competed in the South Asian Games last year, said Younis Qambrani, coach and founder of the club in 1992, in a Karachi neighborhood, Lyari, a place better known for gang warfare than for breaking glass ceilings.

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