Muhammad Bilal Khan, a 22-year-old Pakistani blogger and journalist known for criticising the country’s military and the spy agency ISI, was killed by a man in Islamabad on Sunday night.
Khan, having over 16,000 followers on Twitter, 48,000 on his YouTube channel and 22,000 on Facebook, was with a friend on Sunday night when he received a phone call to go from the Bara Kahu area in Islamabad to G-9, where a man took him into the forest, Dawn news quoted the police as saying.
The police official said that witnesses also reported hearing a gunshot being fired during the incident.
Other than an online activist, Khan was also a freelance journalist.
After the incident, the hash tag #Justice4MuhammadBilalKhan trended on the internet and many in Pakistan blamed his criticism of ISI and the Pakistan military, as the reason behind his horrific killing.
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.
Reacting to the news, several Twitter users said that his criticism of the Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) led to his killing.