MULTAN: Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother in Multan on Saturday.
“Qandeel was killed by her brother over honour in Muzaffarabad’s Green Town area,” the area’s RPO told The Express Tribune. “It appears that she was strangled to death.
The 25-year-old social media starlet’s parents, who have been taken into custody, confirmed she was strangled to death last night.
“The brother was also there last night and the family told us he strangled her to death,” Azhar Akram, another senior police official in Multan toldAFP, confirming that officials suspected an honour killing.
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Police directed immediate arrest of Qandeel’s brother who is now on the run.
Fauzia Azeem alias Qandeel Baloch recently taken the internet by storm as she shared a couple of selfies and a video of herself with Mufti Qawi. The self-proclaimed model had also ridiculed the cleric on various TV channels after the release of controversial content.
She had fled to Multan but not disclosed her location due to security threats, the official added.
“Qandeel’s brothers had asked her to quit modelling,” family sources said.
Following the Mufti Qawi ‘scandal’, the internet sensation had claimed she was receiving death threats and had official sought security.
However, following “no response” from the interior ministry on her application for getting personal security, she planned to settle down abroad after Eidul Fitr.
“I know I will not be provided security and I am not feeling secured here so have decided to move abroad with my parents after Eidul Fitr,” Qandeel had told The Express Tribune.
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Qandeel’s murder would make women feel less safe: Sharmeen Obaid:
Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose documentary on the subject, “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” won an Oscar earlier this year, told AFP the murder would make women feel less safe.
“I really feel that no woman is safe in this country, until we start making examples of people, until we start sending men who kill women to jail, unless we literally say there will be no more killing and those who dare will spend the rest of their lives behind bars.”
Obaid-Chinoy’s film was hailed by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who in February vowed to push through anti-honour killing legislation.
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