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Pakistan Football Team’s Journey to Tajikistan for World Cup Qualifiers in Jeopardy

The departure of Pakistan's men's national football team to Tajikistan for the FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers Round 2 remains uncertain after their scheduled flight from Faisalabad to Dushanbe on Friday was canceled.

The PFF Normalization Committee had sought assistance from PIA for a chartered flight to transport the team to Tajikistan after facing multiple delays before the eventual cancellation of their flight. However, PIA reported that all their planes were fully booked, and thus they were unable to provide a flight for the team.

As a result, eight members of the Pakistan squad have already made it to Dushanbe, while the rest are still stranded in Pakistan due to the ongoing flight issues.

The Pakistan Football Federation has reached out to the Prime Minister’s Office for help in resolving this matter. Additionally, the Normalization Committee is in talks with another airline to secure transportation for the remaining team members.

The lack of direct flights from Pakistan to Dushanbe has further complicated the situation, making it uncertain whether the national team will have enough players to field a full squad against Tajikistan.

Pakistan is set to face Tajikistan in their final match of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Round 2 on June 11 at Dushanbe Stadium. Stephen Constantine’s team, having recently suffered a 3-0 defeat to Saudi Arabia at Jinnah Stadium, is eager to earn at least one point from their World Cup campaign.

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