Islamabad’s intelligence minister said Tuesday that Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team left its country in neighboring Pakistan as questions remained about the status of female athletes under Taliban control.
“We welcome the Afghan women’s soccer team. They have arrived at the Torkham border from Afghanistan,” Pakistan’s intelligence minister, Fawad Chaudhry, said in a tweet. He added that they were received by a representative of the Pakistan Football Federation.
We welcome the Afghan women’s soccer team arriving at the Torkham border from Afghanistan. The players had a valid Afghan passport and pack visa. They were received by PFF’s Numannademe.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 14, 2021
Chaudhry didn’t reveal details, and it wasn’t immediately clear how many players had entered the country and what their plans were.
This withdrawal is part of a widespread outflow of Afghan intellectuals and public figures, especially women since the Taliban hijacked the country a month ago.
When a Muslim group last ruled Afghanistan 20 years ago, girls were not allowed to attend school and women were banned from work and education. Women are banned from sports, which is likely to continue in this administration.
A Taliban representative told Australian broadcaster SBS last week that he believes women are not allowed to play cricket because they oppose Islam because they “do not need” it.
“Islam and the Islamic Emirate do not allow women to play cricket or play exposed sports,” the SBS said, Ahmadullawashi, Deputy Secretary of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission. I quoted Mr. Ku’s words.
While several former and current female football players fled the country after the Taliban hijacking, the team’s former captain burned sports equipment to players still in Afghanistan and deleted their social media accounts to avoid retaliation. I urged you to do it.
FIFA, the governing body of sports, said last month that it was working to evacuate the remaining people in the country.
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