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Afghanistan women's football team flees to Pakistan

Members of Afghanistan's national women's football team have fled across the border into Pakistan, a ...

👤 H K Badal15 Sep 2021 5:32 PM GMT
Afghanistan womens football team flees to Pakistan
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Members of Afghanistan's national women's football team have fled across the border into Pakistan, a month after the Taliban swept back into power, officials say.

According to Pakistan's Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, the players entered Pakistan through the northwestern Torkham border crossing holding valid travel documents.

It was unclear how many Afghan female players and their family members were allowed to enter Pakistan.

However, Pakistan's The Dawn newspaper on September 15 reported the Afghan female footballers were issued emergency humanitarian visas following the Taliban takeover of Kabul.

Afghanistan's new rulers, who banned women from playing all sport during their first rule in the 1990s, have indicated that women and girls will face restrictions in playing sport.

The group of junior players and their coaches and families had tried to escape the country last month but a devastating bomb attack at Kabul airport left them stranded.