University lecturer Rasul Parsa released from Taliban prison

KABUL, Afghanistan — Rasul Parsa, a university lecturer detained by the Taliban in March on charges of “insulting holy sedition,” has been released from prison, his lawyer confirmed to Amu.

Parsa’s release comes as part of a broader amnesty. The Taliban’s supreme court announced that 339 individuals were freed from prisons under a decree by the Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, in observance of Eid al-Adha.

Since regaining power, the Taliban has detained numerous activists, lecturers, journalists, and female protesters critical of its policies. Parsa’s detention and subsequent release highlight ongoing tensions between the Taliban and those who challenge its authority.