Afghanistan’s junior ladies’s soccer crew arrive in Pakistan

As questions linger over the standing of feminine athletes below Taliban rule, Afghanistan’s ladies’s soccer crew left their nation to neighbouring Pakistan, the data minister in Islamabad stated on Tuesday.

“We welcome Afghanistan women football team, they arrived at Torkham Border from Afghanistan,” Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s data minister, stated in a Tweet. He added that they have been obtained by a consultant of the Pakistan Football Federation.

Chaudhry gave no particulars and it was not instantly clear what number of gamers had entered the nation and what their plans have been.

The departure is a part of a broader exodus of Afghan intellectuals and public figures, particularly ladies because the Taliban took over the nation a month in the past.

When the Islamist group final dominated Afghanistan 20 years in the past, ladies weren’t allowed to attend college and girls have been banned from work and schooling. Women have been barred from sports activities and that is more likely to proceed on this regime as effectively.

A Taliban consultant final week informed Australian broadcaster SBS that he didn’t suppose ladies can be allowed to play cricket as a result of it was “not necessary” and can be towards Islam.

“Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed,” SBS quoted the deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural fee, Ahmadullah Wasiq, as saying.

Several former and present ladies soccer gamers fled the nation following the Taliban takeover, while a former captain of the crew urged gamers nonetheless in Afghanistan to burn their sports activities gear and delete their social media accounts to keep away from reprisals. 

The sport’s governing physique FIFA stated final month it was working to evacuate these remaining within the nation.

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