Muhammad Bilal Khan

Muhammad Bilal Khan, well-known social media activist and freelance journalist, was stabbed multiple times on Sunday, June 16, 2019 in the G-9 area of Islamabad. He was accompanied by a family friend, who was severely injured in the attack.

At the age of 22, Muhammad had thousands of followers on the social media sites YouTube (more than 48,000), Twitter (more than 16,000) and Facebook (more than 22,000). He used social media to criticize Pakistan’s military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Recently, Muhammad had organized a Twitter campaign aimed at bringing attention to the cases of forced disappearances of Pakistanis who, allegedly, were abducted by military and intelligence authorities.


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Region:Asia Pacific

Country:Pakistan

Department/Province/State:Islamabad Capital Territory

Sex1:Male

Age:22

Date of Killing:16/06/2019

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Journalist/communicator

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights

Sector Detail:Abuse of power/corruption, Freedom of Expression, Impunity/Justice

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