KARACHI - Pakistan has the unique distinction of producing worlds first exclusive international class squash and hockey stadiums. No other country in the world including the financially advanced nations can claim to have this honour. These two international facilities are dedicated to the sports for which they were built. Lahores National Hockey Stadium that hosted 1992 World Cup could holds 50,000 spectators is worlds first international class hockey facilities. The PIA squash complex, the first in the world located at Kashmir Road in Karachi was constructed in mid-70s by the then chairman of PIA Air Marshal Nur Khan. Countries like England which rightly claim to be the mother of all the modern sports do not have an exclusive squash complex till today. The British Amateur or open championship which were regarded as the world championships of squash before the International Squash Federation initiated the concept of world championship, were played on courts constructed in the spaces available under the seating structure of the Wembley Football Stadium. Air Marshal Nur Khan took the lead and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the prime minister of Pakistan at that time, provided him the support by getting the land free of cost from the then KMC. When the inaugural Squash Team Championship was held at the newly-built PIA Squash Complex, teams from all the known squash playing countries and India were invited to play there. The manager of the visiting Indian team was so impressed with the new facility that he called it as Taj Mahal of squash and praised Pakistan for creating a structure that had no parallel. Some four years ago, the PIA administration took mind boggling decision of giving the entire complex to former world squash champion Jahangir Khan as compensation for his financial dues against the airlines when the squash legend won an appeal against his illegal removal from the PIA as general manager sports. Jahangir Khan, who won a number of world titles at the squash complex which was renamed after him - won the world championship for a record time after taking over the physical possession of the complex demolished it and in its place constructed a sports club which is expected to be formally opened in about many years time. The PIA squash complex should have been protected and saved from demolition as a heritage structure but the entire country looked away and allowed it be pulled down. The irony is that Jahangir Khan - who won wealth and fame from squash himself - presided over the demolition of the structure. National Hockey Stadium at Lahore was constructed to host 1992 World Cup. The then chief minister of Punjab Mian Nawaz Sharif played a crucial role in getting all the money required for raising the structure. Pakistan which initiated the concept of World Hockey Cup and also presented the FIH the World Cup Trophy designed and made in POF Factory Wah has only once hosted the prestigious event. The FIH under Rene Frank - a close friend of Pakistan - had given Pakistan to host the inaugural World Cup in 1971 but some political personalities of the then PPP threatened that the competition would be disrupted and the grassy turf would be pulled out if India was allowed to come to Lahore to play there. The FIH shifted the inaugural cup from Lahore to Barcelona where Pakistan had the honour of winning the inaugural cup if not hosting it. It was Hollands Hockey International Marcel Balkestien who described the National Hockey Stadium of Lahore as hockeys Wembley. He made that observation in an interview given recently when he supervised a brief training camp for Tanvir Dar Hockey Academy of Lahore when the team was on a private tour of Holland. Marcel praised Pakistan as great hockey nation. In an interview made on the occasion, he said: Pakistan is a great hockey nation and has also contributed a lot to this sport. I wish international hockey returns to the country soon. He said it was his personal desire to play in Lahores magnificent National Hockey Stadium which he regarded as hockeys Wembley. Recently Tanvir Dar Hockey Academy of Lahore attended a coaching clinic conducted by the Dutch International Marcel Balkestein, a current Dutch international and captain of the Eindhoven based Orange Zwart HC. He was assisted by Jelle Galema, also from Oranje Zwart and a junior international. According to information available here, Marcel when asked for his impression of the Pakistani lads, said: "These Pakistani boys are really talented; technically sound with all those natural skills one expects from the sub-continents players. Moreover, their attitude towards learning is really praiseworthy. Lads are not only good listeners but also quick learners as they later displayed practically after the lessons. With such a lot, Pakistan hockeys future appears bright. The colts need sharpening the defensive skills and also improve the tactical awareness. Money in hockey would not only make players better off financially but also attract more and more youngsters towards our sport.