Thirty-two Afghanistan women football players have reached safely to the neighboring country Pakistan. The women footballers, who were threatened by the Taliban, have arrived in Pakistan with their families after the government approved emergency humanitarian visas for them.
The footballers from the national junior girls' squad were supposed to go to Qatar, but as the Kabul airport is under Afghanistan, they did not have a chance to go to Qatar.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August. To evade the Taliban, these female football players had gone into hiding. According to Sharia law, women are barred from participating in sports.
The decision to send the 32 footballers to Pakistan was made in collaboration with the government and the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), which is not recognized by FIFA.
Following the Taliban takeover, some former and present women football players fled the nation, while a former captain of the team advised players remaining in Afghanistan to destroy their sports equipment and remove their social media accounts.