Afghanistan girls football players flee Taliban rule for Pakistan – The Washington Post

Nearly two dozen female soccer players from Afghanistan have crossed into Pakistan along with their families, joining a growing number of prominent Afghan women and girls fleeing their country amid fears of repression under Taliban rule.

“We welcome Afghanistan Women football team,” Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Pakistan’s information minister, wrote in a message on Twitter early Wednesday, saying that team members had entered Pakistan at the Torkham border crossing using Pakistani visas.

Khalida Popal, a former captain of Afghanistan’s national women’s soccer team, posted a picture of the border crossing on Twitter early Wednesday, and wrote that with “great support I managed to get more than 79 youth female footballers & family members” out of Afghanistan. She did not immediately respond to a request for more detail on the evacuation effort.

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