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Pakistan football team striker Shahlyla Baloch dies in Karachi car crash

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Pakistan women’s football team strikerdied in a car crash in Karachi late Wednesday night.

Baloch’s body will be taken to Kalat for burial.

Born in 1996, Baloch was also a striker on the Balochistan women’s football team. Her sister Raheela Zarmain is associated with the football team as a manager. Their mother, Senator Rubina Irfan, has been the chairperson of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Women’s Wing. Her father has also been a provincial minister.

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In a 2014 interview with Dawn, Baloch said, “I think we are criticised mainly because our mother is in the federation. There are other sister duos in the national team as well but they are never riled as we are.”

She was responding to accusation of favouritism after the sisters were blamed for Pakistan’s group stage exit at the SAFF Women’s Championship.

Supporters say Baloch was one of the most active members of the team and recall her as an individual who helped women’s football gain momentum in Pakistan.

Both sisters reached a significant level of recognition in the country.

Their mother, who led the founding of the team, has said she involved her daughters to inspire other parents.

Shahlyla playing football.—Image Courtesy: Facebook page.

Baloch started playing football when she was 7 years old and had received the FIFA’s youngest players award. In an interview with a youth magazine, she said she was also awarded the best player of Pakistan thrice 2009, 2011 and 2013 and that she was inspired by Maradona and Messi.

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