Pakistani activist known for criticism killed in Islamabad

Mohammad Bilal Khan, an online activist, was known for his online criticism of Pakistan’s military and politicians. (AFP file photo)
Updated 17 June 2019

Pakistani activist known for criticism killed in Islamabad

  • Local police say online activist Mohammad Bilal Khan was killed Sunday night
  • In addition to his activism, Khan was a freelance journalist

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani police say an activist known for his online criticism of the country’s military and politicians has been killed by unknown assailants in a wooded area of the capital, Islamabad.
Local police official Ayaz Khan says Mohammad Bilal Khan was killed Sunday night, drawing condemnation from his friends on social media.
Police said Monday that an unknown person called the activist to come to the Karachi Company neighborhood, where he and his cousin were attacked with daggers.
The cousin was in critical condition.
In addition to his activism, Khan was a freelance journalist.
The attack took place hours after Khan bluntly criticized the newly appointed spy chief Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed, who had previously worked as the head of internal security at Pakistan’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence.


Afghan official says car bomb kills 2, wounds 20 in east

Updated 31 min 14 sec ago

Afghan official says car bomb kills 2, wounds 20 in east

  • The attack in Alishing district wounded 20 children
  • It is still unclear whether the attack is a suicide bomb or not
KABUL: An Afghan official says that at least two security officers have been killed when a car bomb detonated near a district headquarters in eastern Laghman province.
Asadullah Dawlatzai, spokesman for the provincial governor, says that 26 people including 20 children and six security forces were wounded in Wednesday’s attack in Alishing district.
He says the wounded children were inside a nearby mosque where they were studying the Qur’an. He said it wasn’t clear yet if the attack was a suicide bombing or not, but the investigation is ongoing.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Laghman. Both Taliban and Daesh group are active in eastern Afghanistan and have claimed pervious attacks in the region.