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Pakistani blogger known for 'criticising' Army and ISI hacked to death

Image: Muhammad Bilal Khan Twitter page

Pakistani blogger known for 'criticising' Army and ISI hacked to death

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Jun 2019, 04:42 pm

Islamabad, June 17 (IBNS): A 22-year-old Pakistani blogger, who was known for criticising country's Army and spy agency ISI, was hacked to death in Islamabad city on Sunday night, media report said.

He was identified as Muhammad Bilal Khan.

SP Naeem said that Khan, who was with a friend, was attacked in the G-9/4 area of the federal capital. Khan was killed while his uncle Ehtesham was severely injured. He is currently at PIMS, reported Dawn News.

According to the police official, Khan — who has over 16,000 followers on Twitter, over 48,000 on his YouTube channel and over 22,000 followers on Facebook — received a phone called to go from the Bara Kahu area in Islamabad to G-9, where a man took him into the forest, the Pakistan-based news paper reported.

The police said the suspect used a dagger to kill the blogger.

A sound of firing was also heard, media reports said quoting the police.

Dawn News further reported that a First Information Report (FIR) was registered on Sunday night at 11pm at Karachi Company police station by the victim's father Abdullah under Section 302 (premeditated murder), 304 (proof of qatl-i-amd liable to qisas), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA).

The deceased’s father Abdullah  was quoted as saying by Dawn News that various parts of his body had marks of a sharp tool.

Twitter users criticised the murder of the blogger:

Several Twitter users claimed that it was his criticisms against Pakistan Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) which may have led to his death.

Pakistan born Canadian writer, secularist and activist Tarek Fatah said: "ISI always get their man! Here is the video of @BilalKhanWriter's funeral. He was shot dead in Islamabad today hours after he mocked Pakistan's new ISI Chief Gen Faiz Hameed in a tweet."

One Imran A Raja said: "Once again sad news ! A young blood,son of soil M.bilal khan a pakistani blogger was killed in Islamabad . I dont know when govt will take these things seriously and punish them brutally ...may allah place him at higher rank in jannah Aameen #PTMKilledBilal."

Another Pakhton Khan said: "This morning, Pakistani blogger @BilalKhanWriter dared to mock Gen. Faiz Hameed, the new head of Pakistan's feared internal security agency, the #ISI. Within hours of his tweet, #BilalKhan was shot dead by persons, suspected to be ISI hitmen. #NayaPakistan. @ImranKhanPTI U Alive?."

One Khurram said: "Bilal Khan Pakistani Blogger'just tweet about New DGISI yesterday'After some hours he was shot down in islamabad
He said the ISI chief is political person etc."

Image:  Muhammad Bilal Khan Twitter page

Pakistani blogger known for 'criticising' Army and ISI hacked to death

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