YouTuber Shot to Death in Pakistan During 'Ghost Prank'

(From left to right) YouTube pranksters Hasnat Ali, Abdul Saboor, and Rana Zuhair (deceased).  (Image credit: Lahori Vines / YouTube)

(From left to right) YouTube pranksters Hasnat Ali, Abdul Saboor, and Rana Zuhair (deceased). (Image credit: Lahori Vines / YouTube)

YouTube prankster Rana Zuhair was shot and killed in Pakistan in December 2018 while filming a prank wherein he pretended to be a ghost to frighten passersby, according to Pakistan Today.

Zuhair, along with Hasnat Ali and Abdul Saboor, started the YouTube channel Lahori Vines in November 2018. The channel focuses on filming pranks perpetrated by the three men, and as of the time this article was written, has over 5,300 subscribers.

Last month, the trio were filming a segment in a park near Lytton Road in the city of Lahore when Zuhair approached a family while wearing a white sheet over his head. The men of the family reportedly “did not find the prank funny” and opened fire on Zuhair, killing him instantly. It is unclear whether they shot Zuhair out of fear or anger.

Seemingly paranormal events have been known to elicit violent reactions from witnesses, including an incident in the summer of 2018 where a man was arrested after firing a gun at a phantom intruder, and another, more recent incident in Washington where a man was reportedly shot at after being mistaken for Bigfoot.

Pakistani police have arrested Ali and Saboor on the suspicion that they might be behind the killing of Zuhair. No other charges were reported to have been filed.

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Tobias Wayland