Pakistani authorities announced that a group of 80 people, consisting of some young football players and their families, entered the country through the Torkham Border Gate on Tuesday night.
Pakistani Communications Minister Fawad Chaudhry said, “We welcome the Afghanistan women’s football team. The players had Afghanistan passports and Pakistani visas. They were welcomed by the Pakistan Football Federation.”
The Dawn newspaper published in Pakistan reported that all female football players were given emergency humanitarian visas.
The female football players, who were greeted with flowers, said they feared the Taliban would target them.
Footballers were taken to Lahore city
Some football players are expected to go to the USA after their asylum applications are accepted after Pakistan.
Three weeks ago, Australia had evacuated more than 50 female athletes and their relatives from Afghanistan.
The Taliban administration has not yet made an official statement on whether it will allow women to do sports.
Speaking to Australian media, a Taliban official said it was “unnecessary” for women to participate in sports activities.
In Afghanistan, between 1996 and 2001, women were banned from professional sports under the Taliban rule.
It is known that many female athletes preferred to hide after the Taliban entered the capital Kabul on August 15 and regained control of the country 20 years later.