A prominent Taliban critic, according to his daughter, was released after his arrest.
Prof Faizullah Jalal had made statements on social media, according to a Taliban spokesperson, in which he was “trying to instigate people against the system.”
According to his daughter, a prominent Afghan university professor who was detained by Taliban authorities after criticizing them on television was released on Tuesday.
Professor Faizullah Jalal was detained by Taliban forces in Kabul on Saturday and taken to an unknown location.
Hardline Islamists have repressed dissent since taking power, violently dispersing women’s rights protests and briefly detaining several Afghan journalists.
“I confirm that Professor Jalal is now finally released after more than four days of detention on baseless charges,” tweeted Hasina Jalal, a fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, after launching a social media campaign calling for his release.
Jalal had made statements on social media, according to government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in which he was “trying to incite people against the system.”
“He’s been arrested so that others don’t make similarly inane remarks… that jeopardize other people’s dignity,” he added.
The tweets shared by Mujahid, according to Jalal’s family, were from a fake Twitter account that they tried to shut down.
“The Taliban are simply using these posts as an excuse to silence a strong voice within the country,” Hasina said after the arrest, according to the AFP news agency.
Jalal’s television appearances criticizing the Taliban’s repressive rule and the worsening economic situation had previously gone viral on social media, raising fears that he would face Taliban retaliation.
He referred to Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem, who was also on the show, as a “calf,” which is a serious insult in Afghanistan.
Jalal, who was in his late 50s at the time of the Taliban’s takeover, had turned down offers to flee the country and spent the majority of his time in hiding in Kabul while his family fled to Europe, according to his daughter.
Jalal, a long-serving law and political science professor at Kabul University, has built a reputation as a harsh critic of Afghanistan’s leaders over the years.
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