Prominent lecturer and Taliban critic released after arrest

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A prominent Afghan university professor arrested by Taliban authorities after criticising them on television was released on Tuesday, his daughter said.

Professor Faizullah Jalal was detained in Kabul on Saturday and taken to an unknown location by Taliban forces, who stormed back to power in August.

Since their takeover, the group has cracked down on dissent, forcefully dispersing women’s rights protests and briefly detaining several Afghan journalists.

“After more than four days of detention on baseless charges, I confirm that Professor Jalal is now finally released,” tweeted his daughter Hasina Jalal, a fellow at Georgetown University in Washington, after launching a social media campaign calling for his release.

Government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid had tweeted that Jalal had made statements on social media in which he was “trying to instigate people against the system”.

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