Blogger, journalist known for criticising Pakistan military, ISI hacked to death in Islamabad; #Justice4MuhammadBilalKhan trends on Twitter

A 22-year-old blogger and journalist from Pakistan known for criticising the country's powerful military and the spy agency ISI was hacked to death by an unidentified men

Press Trust of India June 17, 2019 21:38:17 IST
Blogger, journalist known for criticising Pakistan military, ISI hacked to death in Islamabad; #Justice4MuhammadBilalKhan trends on Twitter
  • A 22-year-old Pakistani blogger and journalist known for criticising the military, ISI was hacked to death

  • The deceased Muhammad Bilal Khan had over 16,000 followers on Twitter, 48,000 on his YouTube channel and 22,000 on Facebook

  • The deceased's father Abdullah said that his body had marks of a sharp tool

Islamabad: A 22-year-old Pakistani blogger and journalist known for criticising the country's powerful military and the spy agency ISI was hacked to death by an unidentified men here, police said on Monday.

Muhammad Bilal Khan, having over 16,000 followers on Twitter, 48,000 on his YouTube channel and 22,000 on Facebook, was with his uncle Ehtesham, when he received a phone call after which a man took him to the nearby forest on Sunday night, Dawn news quoted police as saying.

Blogger journalist known for criticising Pakistan military ISI hacked to death in Islamabad Justice4MuhammadBilalKhan trends on Twitter

File image of Muhammad Bilal Khan. Image courtesy: Facebook/MuhammadBilalKhan

Superintendent of Police Saddar Malik Naeem said Khan was attacked in the G-9/4 area of Islamabad and was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His uncle was severely injured and has been hospitalised, he said.

The suspect used a dagger to kill him, Naeem said, adding that some people heard gunshot firing as well.

Apart from being a social media activist, Khan was also a freelance journalist. He hailed from Gilgit-Baltistan and was a Shariah graduate from the International Islamic University of Islamabad (IIUI), according to Express News.

Soon after his killing, #Justice4MuhammadBilalKhan started trending on social media. Several Twitter users said that his criticism of the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) led to his killing. "Pakistani activist and journalist Mohammad Bilal Khan was shot dead last night in Islamabad. Khan was known for his criticism of the all-powerful military and its notorious spy agency," a Twitter user wrote.

The deceased's father Abdullah said that his body had marks of a sharp tool. "My son's only fault was that he spoke about the Prophet," he said.

A case was registered under various sections including the Anti Terrorism Act. The incident has created fear among people, Khan's father said.

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