Women 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 women’s football team have fled throughout the border into Pakistan, a month after the Taliban swept again into energy, officers say.
In accordance to Pakistan’s Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry, the gamers entered Pakistan by means of the northwestern Torkham border crossing holding legitimate journey paperwork.
“We welcome Afghanistan Girls football team they arrived at Torkham Border from Afghanistan. The gamers have been in possession of legitimate Afghanistan Passport, Pakistan visa and have been obtained by Nouman Nadeem of PFF (Pakistan Football Federation),” Chaudhry tweeted on Wednesday, offering no additional particulars.
We welcome Afghanistan Girls football team they arrived at Torkham Border from Afghanistan,The gamers have been in possession of legitimate Afg Passport, pak visa, They have been obtained by Nouman Nadeem of PFF
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 14, 2021
It was unclear what number of Afghan feminine gamers and their relations have been allowed to enter Pakistan.
Nevertheless, Pakistan’s The Daybreak newspaper on Wednesday reported the Afghan feminine footballers have been issued emergency humanitarian visas following the Taliban takeover of Kabul.
Afghanistan’s new rulers, who banned girls from taking part in all sport throughout their first rule within the Nineties, have indicated that girls and ladies will face restrictions in taking part in sport.
The group of junior gamers and their coaches and households had tried to escape the nation final month however a devastating bomb assault at Kabul airport left them stranded, somebody shut to the team informed AFP information company.
“I obtained a request for his or her rescue from one other 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 world growth NGO Football for Peace, primarily based in London.
In whole, greater than 75 folks crossed the northern border on Tuesday, earlier than travelling south to town of Lahore the place they have been greeted with flower garlands.
“They’d be travelling and staying in Lahore until they proceed additional,” stated PFF vp 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 footballers are in the end anticipated to journey on to Qatar’s capital, Doha, reviews stated.
A senior Taliban official has informed Australian media it was “not essential” for ladies to play, in accordance to an AFP report.
However on Tuesday, Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai, Afghanistan’s new director basic for sport, stated top-level Taliban leaders have been nonetheless deciding.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is a former worldwide cricketing star and sports activities hero amongst Pakistanis.
Tens of 1000’s of Afghan nationals have fled the nation because the Taliban seized energy, fearing reprisal assaults or repression.
Final week, the Taliban introduced an all-male interim authorities for Afghanistan stacked with veterans of their hardline rule from the Nineties and the 20-year battle towards the United States-led coalition.
The transfer appears unlikely to win the worldwide help the brand new leaders desperately want to keep away from an financial and humanitarian crisis.