Murder Of Bilal Khan: Personal Enmity Or Religious Factor? People From All Schools of Thought Condemn The Incident
There has been a strong reaction on social to the murder of Bilal Khan, a blogger who was killed in Islamabad on Sunday, as people from all walks of life condemned the incident.
Bilal, a resident of Chilas, lived in the Bharakahu area of the federal capital and was a student of International Islamic University Islamabad.
According to police, he was stabbed to death in Sector G-9/4 after a person, Usman, called him, asking him to visit the locality.
Ihtesham, who was injured in the incident, in his initial statement said around four to five people attacked them as they were going towards the agreed point.
Islamabad SSP Malik Naeem Iqbal told Independent Urdu that the murder seemed to be a result of some personal dispute; however, other reasons, including his activities on social media, might also be a factor.
Bilal used to comment on religious issues and, therefore, sectarian or religious factor could not also be ruled out.
Meanwhile, his father, who is imam at a mosque in Abbottabad, has reportedly said that they did not have any personal enmity.
On the other hand, people condemned the incident on his Twitter, especially those who did not agree with his views.
Bilal Khan was spewing hate against many different segments. He should have been countered with argument, not with bullet. This is not the way we should be. We need to reason and talk, not shoot.
— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) June 17, 2019
I knew Muhammad Bilal Khan (@BilalKhanWriter) because of the comments he left under my tweets. He definitely didn't agree with my views & he had every right not to do so. He had yet to learn so much and it's sad to see this young man's life cut short. #Justice4MuhammadBilalKhan pic.twitter.com/JhLUudJisc
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) June 17, 2019
بلال خان سے نظریاتی اختلاف اپنی جگہ مگر آظہار رائے کیلئے کسی کو مارنا ایک مکروہ عمل ہے ۔ اس کے قتل سے اس بات کی غمازی ھورہی ہے کہ اختلاف نظر اور آظہار رائے کا گلہ گھونٹنے اور دبانے کا ایک نیا مرحلہ شروع ھوگیا ہے ۔ اب سب کی باری آئیگی اور جبر کا نشانہ بلا استثنی سب بنیں گے
— Aimal Khattak (@KhattakAimal) June 17, 2019
And some described him as a victim of state policies.
بالکل درست فرمایا. یہ تمام نوجوان جو ریاستی و مذہبی پراپیگنڈا کا شکار بن کر ہمیں گالی گلوچ کرتے ہیں، ہمارے ہی بچے ہیں. وہ آج اس ذہنی کشمکش کا شکار ہیں تو ذمہ داری ہم سب کی ہے. ہم معاشرے میں پر امن سوچ پیدا کرنے میں ناکام رہے ہیں. بلال کے ظالمانہ قتل کی جتنی مذمت کی جائے کم ہے https://t.co/NNnsvMvzRS
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) June 17, 2019