Pakistani model strangled in apparent ‘honour’ killing
Qandeel Baloch, above, died after she was strangled by her brother in what police in Multan have described as an ‘honour’ killing.
According to this report, the 25-year-old social media starlet’s parents, who have been taken into custody, confirmed she was strangled to death last night.
Her parents, who reportedly found her body this morning, said that her 30-year-old brother, Wasim, killed her following an argument.
Azhar Akram, a senior police official in Multan confirmed that officials suspected an honour killing.
The brother was also there last night and the family told us he strangled her to death.
Police ordered the immediate arrest of Qandeel’s brother, who is now on the run.
Qandeel Baloch – real name Fauzia Azeem – recently took the Internet by storm when she shared a couple of selfies and a video of herself with Mufti Qavi, above, a prominent Muslim cleric she had previously ridiculed on various TV channels.
She said the two of them enjoyed soft drinks and cigarettes together during the daylight hours in the”holy” month of Ramadan, when practicing Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Their encounter outraged Muslim conservatives, but Qavi, who was suspended from duties, said he’d only met the model:
To discuss the teachings of Islam.
She later fled to Multan but did not disclosed her location due to security threats, the official added.
Family sources said:
Qandeel’s brothers had asked her to quit modelling.
Following the Mufti Qawi scandal, the model claimed she was receiving death threats and had requested police protection.
However, following “no response” from the Interior Ministry for her security request, she planned to settle abroad. She said:
I know I will not be provided security and I am not feeling secure here so have decided to move abroad with my parents after Eidul Fitr.
Filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose documentary on the subject of “honour” killings – A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness which won an Oscar earlier this year – said 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.
Obaid-Chinoy’s film was hailed by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who in February vowed to push through anti-honour killing legislation.
No action has been taken since then, despite a fresh wave of attacks on women recently that have been roundly and loudly condemned by activists.
Though she was reviled by many and frequently subjected to misogynisticabuse online, Qandeel won praise from a segment of youth for her forthright attitude.
It is reported here that Qandeel Baloch drew international media attention earlier this year when she promised to strip on camera if the Pakistan Cricket team were to beat India in the T20 World Cup. Pakistan lost to India by six wickets.