Afghanistan ladies’s soccer staff flees to Pakistan

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Girls who performed for under-14, under-16 and under-18 groups arrive in Lahore within the wake of Taliban’s takeover.

Members of Afghanistan’s nationwide ladies’s soccer staff have fled throughout the border into Pakistan, a month after the Taliban swept again into energy, officers say.

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According to Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, the gamers entered Pakistan via the northwestern Torkham border crossing holding legitimate travel paperwork.

“We welcome Afghanistan Women football team they arrived at Torkham Border from Afghanistan. The players were in possession of valid Afghanistan Passport, Pakistan visa and were received by Nouman Nadeem of PFF (Pakistan Football Federation),” Chaudhry tweeted on Wednesday, offering no additional particulars.

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It was unclear what number of Afghan feminine gamers and their members of the family had been allowed to enter Pakistan.

However, Pakistan’s The Dawn newspaper on Wednesday reported the Afghan feminine footballers had been issued emergency humanitarian visas following the Taliban takeover of Kabul.

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Afghanistan’s new rulers, who banned ladies from taking part in all sport throughout their first rule within the 1990s, have indicated that ladies and ladies will face restrictions in taking part in sport.

The group of junior gamers and their coaches and households had tried to flee the nation final month however a devastating bomb assault at Kabul airport left them stranded, somebody near the staff informed AFP information company.

The Taliban had banned ladies from taking part in all sport throughout their first rule within the 1990s [Arif Ali/AFP]

“I received a request for their rescue from another England-based NGO, so I wrote to Prime Minister Imran Khan who issued clearance for them to land in Pakistan,” stated Sardar Naveed Haider, an envoy of worldwide improvement NGO Football for Peace, based mostly in London.

In complete, greater than 75 folks crossed the northern border on Tuesday, earlier than travelling south to the town of Lahore the place they had been greeted with flower garlands.

“They would be travelling and staying in Lahore till they proceed further,” stated PFF vice chairman Amir Dogar.

The ladies who performed for the under-14, under-16 and under-18 groups crossed the land border wearing burqas, Haider stated, earlier than they later become headscarves.

The feminine Afghan gamers arriving on the workplace of the Pakistan Football Federation in Lahore [Arif Ali/AFP]

The footballers are finally anticipated to travel on to Qatar’s capital, Doha, studies stated.

A senior Taliban official has informed Australian media it was “not necessary” for girls to play, in response to an AFP report.

But on Tuesday, Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai, Afghanistan’s new director normal for sport, stated top-level Taliban leaders had been nonetheless deciding.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is a former worldwide cricketing star and sports activities hero amongst Pakistanis.

Tens of hundreds of Afghan nationals have fled the nation for the reason that Taliban seized energy, fearing reprisal assaults or repression.

Last week, the Taliban introduced an all-male interim authorities for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hardline rule from the 1990s and the 20-year battle towards the United States-led coalition.

The move appears unlikely to win the worldwide help the brand new leaders desperately must keep away from an financial and humanitarian disaster.


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