Fawad Chaudhry welcomes Afghan women football team’s arrival in Pakistan

Sept 15, 2021: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of the Afghan women’s football team at Pakistan through the Torkham Border Crossing.

“We welcome the Afghan women’s football team, which has reached the Torkham border from Afghanistan,”he tweeted. The players have valid Afghan passports and Pakistani visas, he added.

The Afghan women’s football team was welcomed at the border by Noman Nadeem of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF).

Earlier, the Australian Cricket Authority threatened to cancel the historic first Test between the two countries – in November – after a senior Taliban official said on television that it was not necessary for women to play.

Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team was forced to leave for neighbouring Pakistan, the information minister, Fawad Chaudhry in Islamabad said on Tuesday, as questions linger over the status of female athletes under Taliban rule.

Fawad Chaudhry gave no details and it was not immediately clear how many players had entered the country and what their plans were.

During their first term in power, before being ousted in 2001, the Taliban banned most forms of entertainment – including many sports. Women were completely barred from playing any sport.

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