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ISLAMABAD — Calls mounted Wednesday for the Taliban to free a women’ schooling activist arrested earlier this week in Kabul, as a authorities minister defended the detention.

Matiullah Wesa, founder and president of Pen Path — an area nongovernmental group that travels throughout Afghanistan with a cellular faculty and library — was arrested within the Afghan capital on Monday.

Since their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban have imposed restrictions on girls’s and minority rights. Ladies are barred from faculty past the sixth grade and final 12 months, the Taliban banned girls from going to universities.

Wesa has been outspoken in his calls for for ladies to have the suitable to go to highschool and study, and has repeatedly referred to as on the Taliban-led authorities to reverse its bans. His most up-to-date tweets coincided with the beginning of the brand new tutorial 12 months in Afghanistan, with women remaining shut out of lecture rooms and campuses.

Late Tuesday, the US cost d’affaires for Afghanistan, Karen Decker, stated she was disturbed by “a number of, disturbing experiences” of Afghans being detained whereas peacefully protesting in assist of their aspirations.

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai stated he was saddened to listen to of Wesa’s arrest.

Native experiences stated Taliban safety forces detained Wesa after his return from a visit to Europe. Taliban authorities haven’t confirmed his detention, whereabouts or causes for the arrest.

Abdul Haq Humad, the director of publications on the Ministry of Data and Tradition, defended the detention.

“His actions had been suspicious and the system has the suitable to ask such folks for a proof,” he stated Tuesday in a tweet. “It’s identified that the arrest of a person brought about such widespread response {that a} conspiracy was prevented.”

Wesa’s brother stated Taliban forces surrounded the household dwelling on Tuesday, saying they beat members of the family and confiscated the arrested activist’s cell phone.

Social media activists have created a hashtag to marketing campaign for Wesa’s launch. Many posts condemned his detention and demanded quick freedom for the activist.

Wesa and others from the Pen Path launched a door-to-door marketing campaign to advertise women’ schooling. “Now we have been volunteering for 14 years to achieve folks and convey the message for ladies’ schooling,” Wesa stated in latest social media posts. “In the course of the previous 18 months we campaigned house-to-house with the intention to eradicate illiteracy and to finish all our miseries.”