Qandeel Baloch murdered by her brother in Multan
Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother in Multan on Saturday.
Qandeel Baloch, a social media star whose exploits divided opinion in conservative Pakistan, was allegedly stifled by her brother in what seems to be associate “honour killing”, police and her family same on saturday.
Baloch’s raunchy social media photos challenged social norms in Pakistan, a deeply ancient Muslim country wherever ladies are usually inhibited by their family or the community. Her killing appalled the South asian country.
Baloch received multiple death threats and suffered frequent misogynist abuse, however continuing posting provocative pictures and videos. In Facebook posts, she spoke of attempting to alter “the typical orthodox mindset” of people in Pakistan.
Punjab Police spokeswoman Nabeela Ghazanfar told Reuters Baloch, real name Fauzia Azeem, was killed on Friday night in her family home on the outskirts of Multan, an outsized city in Punjab province.
Baloch’s body was discovered on saturday and her father Muhammad Azeem told the police that his son Waseem had stifled her, Ghazanfar said.
“Apparently, it’s an honour killing however more investigations will reveal the real motives behind this murder,” Ghazanfar said.
Baloch’s father told native media his son Waseem had stayed nightlong at the family home and quarrelled with Baloch over money issues and her risque photos.
“He had serious reservations concerning her pictures being circulated on social media,” Muhammad Azeem told reporters in Multan. “He escaped once asphyxiation Qandeel.”
Police said they were looking for Waseem, who had disappeared.
Baloch had struggled to reconcile her family’s conservative values along with her social media stunts, together with a selfie with a known Muslim cleric that led to widespread condemnation from powerful religious figures.
In the days before her death, she had told native media she was involved concerning her safety.
Baloch’s death sparked an outpouring of grief on Twitter and alternative social media websites and reignited a debate about honour killings in Pakistan.
More than 500 people — the majority ladies — die in Pakistan every year in such killings, usually carried out by members of the victim’s family meting out punishment for bringing “shame” on the community.