Afghan Biographies

Jalal, Faizullah Prof.

Name Jalal, Faizullah Prof.
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth 1963
Function/Grade Lecturer and political Analyst
History and Biodata

2. Previous Function:
Professor of Law and Political Science at Kabul University
Deputy Minister of Higher Education
Vice Chancellor of Kabul University.

3. Biodata:

Ustad Prof. Faizullah Jalal was born 1963 in Afghanistan. He is a law professor and political science at Kabul University and a critic of the Afghanistan National Unity Government. His wife, Massouda Jalal was the first women presidential candidate and the former minister for women affairs. He was her campaign manager in 2004 when she stood as candidate in the Presidential elections. 

Family members and close relatives of university lecturer and political commentator Faizullah Jalal confirmed that he was arrested from his home and taken to an unknown place on Saturday, January 8, 2022.


The professor of law and political science at Kabul University Faizullah Jalal was not only an outspoken critic of the previous government but also of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan who would participate in TV talks shows and round tables.

Faizullah Jalal, said there was a whole swathe of Afghan strongmen who acted with impunity.· “The laws have always been broken by powerful individuals,” he said. “This has not only undermined national unity, it has fed a ‘mafia dragon’ which has swallowed up both the people and the government.”· In Kabul, people said they were fed up with lawlessness in its different forms.(20120120)


In the meantime, he is said to be arrested after his Friday’s Twitter post (20220107) over Durand Line. “Durand Line has always been signed by Pashtoon heads of states and this is an official border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Reads the Twitter post. Likewise previous Afghan government, IEA has also said that Durand is only a line not an official border between the two countries and the decision over the crossing point is beyond the authority of government as only people can decide over the issue.

In a statement late Saturday, January 8 2022, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the arrest of Jalal, accusing him of inciting people to violence against the government through his social media posts.

The Taliban have released a popular university professor and outspoken critic of successive Afghan governments who was arrested over the weekend, a family member said Tuesday Jan 11, 2022.

Professor Jalal and his family have survived multiple attacks over the years due to their tireless political activity. Most recently, in 2019, terrorists bombed their residence.

Jalil is married to Dr. Massouda Jalal and has a son andt hree daughters. One of the daughters is Hasina Jalal is a fellow at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

He speaks Dari and English.

Background Mrs. Hasina Jalal:

Ph.D. Scholar Fellow
MA in Women Studies
MBA Fulbright, AUAF & ICCR alum
2014 UNDP N-Peace Awardee


Last Modified 2022-01-11
Established 2022-01-09