Rahatullah, a right-arm seamer who played for Pakistan Under-19s, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Peshawar while he was on his way to join the North West Frontier Province squad for a domestic tournament.
According to a report in the Geo News website, Rahatullah died on the spot after he was attacked while en route to the Arbab Niaz Stadium.
Rahatullah, who played for Peshawar, claimed a match haul of 7 for 145 on his first-class debut against Quetta in the 2007-08 edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He went on to play two more matches, ending up with 16 wickets at an average of 19.
Earlier, he had represented the Pakistan U-19s on tours to Australia and India. He played one U-19 Test against India, failing to take a wicket, and three ODIs against Australia, the most recent being in October.