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Pakistani woman footballer Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch died in a car accident late on Wednesday night in Karachi.
Reportedly Baloch, the first Pakistani woman to score a hat-trick, was the was sitting in the passenger seat when the accident occurred in Karachi's DHA Phase VIII area. "It is true that she passed away. The family member further added that "she was travelling in the passenger seat, and the car slid," The Express Tribune quoted a family member.
The 20-year-old Baloch, one of the finest strikers in the women's football team, represented Pakistan at the South Asian Football Federation Women Football Championship 2014 in Islamabad.
Baloch scored a hat-trick during her stint in Maldives. As a teenager she also made it to the score sheet in Pakistan's 4-1 victory over Bhutan in 2014 SAFF Women's Championship.
The 20-year-old played for the Balochistan United FC as a forward in the domestic circuit.
"She represented Pakistan and was a role model for many girls. Today Shahlyla Baloch died in a car accident. What a shocking news,” FootballPakistan.Com (FPDC) wrote on their Facebook page.
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.