Fawad welcomes Afghan women football team’s arrival in Pakistan

Minister says the players have valid Afghan passports and Pakistani visas


APP September 15, 2021
Fawad Chaudhry. Photo: Screengrab/File

ISLAMABAD:

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday welcomed the Afghan women football team’s arrival in Pakistan via the Torkham border crossing.

“We welcome the Afghan women football team, who arrived at Torkham border from Afghanistan,” he tweeted.

He added the players have valid Afghan passports and Pakistani visas.

Read: Pakistan reopens Afghan border for pedestrians

The Afghan women football team was received by Nauman Nadeem of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) at the border.

Australia's cricket authority earlier threatened to cancel a historic maiden Test between the two countries - set to take place in November - after a senior Taliban official went on television to say it was "not necessary" for women to play.

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

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