Age of victim:
Date of incident: 2019-06-16
Designation: Freelance Blogger
Incident Description: Stabbed
Location: -, -
Cause of Death: Targeted Murder
Summary of case
On June 16, 2019, a 22-year-old blogger, Muhammad Bilal Khan, was killed in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.
According to Dawn.com, Superintendent of Police (SP) Saddar, Malik Naeem, said that Khan was with his uncle when they were attacked. Khan had received a phone call from an “unidentified person to come to G-9, where a man took him into the forest”.
As per the report, the suspect used a dagger to kill Khan. Additionally, the sound of firing was also heard in the area.
A First Information Report (FIR) was registered by the victim’s father.
According to Dawn.com, the victim’s father, in a video said that his son had no personal enmity and had spent his life talking about Islam.
Investigation Unit member Asif Khan told PPF that none of the accused were arrested while the case was under investigation and they were trying their best to arrest the accused.
Bilal’s father Obaid Ullah told PPF on April 16, 2020, that he went to the police station three times but did not get a satisfactory response as police officials used to tell him that the case was still under investigation and they would call him when needed.
The reason behind his death is still under investigation.
Investigation Unit member Asif Khan told PPF that none of the accused were arrested while the case was under investigation. He added that they were trying their best to arrest the accused.
On September 20, 2021, media reports stated that the Islamabad Police Counter Terrorism Department and Punjab CTD had arrested an individual named Syed Abid Ali Shah from the Kurram Agency in connection with Khan’s murder. The news was confirmed by the then information minister Sheikh Rahseed.
Khan’s father, Obaidullah told PPF that a few months prior to Rasheed’s announcement, he had been called by police to recognize the accusers but their faces were covered and he refused to recognize them with their faces covered.
He added that in 2021 two lawyers in Islamabad and Abbottabad had refused to take on Khan’s case. He said that he had no updates on the case since then and the last time had approached the court was in early 2022.
“No one informed me about any update in the case or whether the accuser was arrested or not. Rasheed’s press conference had nothing to do with reality, no one arrested anyone” Obaidullah lamented.
Was case investigated: Yes
Name of accused in FIR: Unidentified
Was FIR registered: Yes
Status of court case: Case closed
Attack suspected by: Unknown
Court where case was presented: Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad