32 women football players from Afghanistan crossed the Torkham border to save their lives and reached Pakistan on Tuesday night. All of them were being threatened continuously by the Taliban for several days.
Afghan Football Player (Photo Credit: Twitter )
- All players reached Pakistan on Tuesday night
- Threats were being received from Talibanis for several days.
- All the players were trapped after the bomb blast in Kabul
32 women football players from Afghanistan crossed the Torkham border to save their lives and reached Pakistan on Tuesday night. All of them were being threatened continuously by the Taliban for several days. All these players have reached Pakistan with their families. According to the report, this footballer reached Pakistan after the government issued an emergency humanitarian visa to evacuate him. These players of the national junior girls’ team were to go to Qatar as per a pre-determined schedule where Afghan refugees have been kept in a stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. But she could not do so because of a bombing at Kabul airport on August 26, which killed 13 Americans and at least 170 Afghan civilians.
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was constantly getting threats
According to the report of ‘Dawn’ newspaper, these women players were constantly being threatened by the Taliban to play football. According to this report, after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August, these players had been hiding to escape from the Taliban.
Youth teams were stuck
The Afghanistan women’s national team pulled out in the last week of August following an arrangement with the Australian government while the youth team was unable to get flights because they did not have passports and other documents. Since then he was hiding to avoid the Taliban. The move to bring a total of 115 people, including 32 football players and their families, to Pakistan, is being done by the British based NGO Football for Peace by the government and the Pakistan Football Federation.
Of Ashfaq was done in collaboration with Hussain Shah.
The information minister of Pakistan said this
In Islamabad, the information minister said on Tuesday, questions are being raised about the status of women athletes under the Taliban regime. Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a tweet, “We welcome the Afghanistan women’s football team, they have arrived at the Torkham border from Afghanistan. They were received by a representative of the Pakistan Football Federation. Information is not shared.
First Published : 15 Sep 2021, 06:03:43 PM