ISLAMABAD – Police in Islamabad have said that a famous Pakistani blogger and social media activist was killed by an attacker armed with a knife.
Islamabad Police Superintendent Saddar Malik Naeem said Muhammad Bilal Khan, 22, was killed on the evening of June 16 in the G-9 area of central Islamabad.
Khan had over 16,000 followers on Twitter, 48,000 on his YouTube channel and over 22,000 followers on Facebook.
He has written often on Islam, advocating the coexistence of rival sects within Sunni and Shia Islam.
Khan also recently organized a Twitter campaign that drew attention to cases of enforced disappearances of Pakistanis allegedly abducted by military and intelligence authorities.
In one of his latest Twitter posts, Khan on June 16 sarcastically criticized the new chief executive of Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Faizi Hameed.
The Islamabad Police Commissioner said Khan received a phone call on June 16 while at his uncle’s home in the Bara Kahu neighborhood, northeast of Islamabad.
He said the appellant asked him to go to G-9 ward in central Islamabad, where he was greeted by a man who took him to a nearby wooded area and attacked him .
Naeem said that while the attacker used a knife to kill Khan, shots were also fired.
The blogger’s father, Abullah Khan, said he had cuts and marks from a sharp tool on several parts of his body.
An uncle of Khan who accompanied him after receiving the phone call on June 16 was injured by the attackers, Naeem said.