ISLAMABAD: Afghan female footballers along with their families crossed the Torkham border to reach Pakistan on Tuesday night after the Pakistani government issued emergency humanitarian visas to evacuate them from their country following the Taliban takeover.
According to the details, the footballers belonging to the national junior girl’s team were facing threats from the Taliban due to their involvement in sports.
They had been originally due to travel to Qatar, where Afghan refugees have been housed at a facility for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but were left stranded after a bomb blast at the Kabul airport on Aug 26.
Meanwhile, most of the Afghanistan national women’s team had flown out in the last week of August after an arrangement with the Australian government, the youth team were unable to get flights because they lacked passports and other documentation. They had since been in hiding to evade the Taliban.
The footballers will proceed from Peshawar to Lahore where they will be housed at the PFF headquarters, the takeover of which by the court-elected PFF of Ashfaq from the FIFA-appointed PFF Normalisation Committee had forced FIFA to suspend Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry welcome the Afghanistan Women football team they arrived at Torkham Border from Afghanistan.