The Taliban spokesperson said that the organization arrested a popular university professor and outspoken critics of previous Afghan governments, including the new ruler of Kabul.
Kabul, Afghanistan-A Taliban spokesperson said on Sunday that the Taliban had arrested a popular university professor and bluntly criticized successive Afghan governments, including the new ruler in Kabul.
Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet that Professor Faizuallah Jalal was being held by the Taliban’s intelligence services. The organization accused the professor of “posting nonsense on social media, inciting people to oppose the government and playing with people’s dignity.”
The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in August last year before the United States left the chaos on August 31 after nearly 20 years of war. The Islamic radical guerrillas transformed into rulers previously held power from 1996 to 2001.
In a tweet earlier on Sunday, Jalal’s daughter Hasina Jalal pleaded for her father to be released. “When I confirmed the disturbing news. I asked for the immediate release of my father, Professor Faizuallah Jalal,” she wrote on Twitter
Afghanistan is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. The United Nations has warned that 90% of the country’s 38 million people are in urgent need of help. The arrest of a well-known human rights defender will certainly complicate humanitarian aid work.
It also exacerbated concerns that the Taliban are exercising the same harsh and repressive rule as they last took power, because they were overthrown by the US-led coalition and because they harbored Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
The largest TV station in Afghanistan, TOLO TV, is the largest TV station in Afghanistan where Faizuallah Jalal often serves as a commentator. The TV station said on Twitter that Jalal was arrested “allegedly because of charges against government agencies, according to a security source.”
The government did not formally respond to inquiries about Jalal’s arrest.
Jalal is the husband of Masuda Jalal, one of the country’s first female presidential candidates. She ran against former President Hamid Karzai in 2004.