Brother held for Pakistan celebrity's murder case

    Brother held for Pakistan celebrity's murder case

    July 17, Islamabad: The brother has been arrested for the murder of Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch.

    The brother, Waseem, 25, was arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan in central Pakistan on Saturday night.

    The Dawn newspaper said he had confessed to the murder, saying he drugged and strangled her "for dishonouring the Baloch name".

    Qandeel Baloch, 26, became a household name for posting sometimes raunchy photographs, comments and videos.

    According to reports, she recently caused controversy by posting pictures of herself alongside a Muslim cleric.

    Dawn quoted her brother as saying: "She wasn't aware I was killing her. I gave her a tablet and then strangled her."

    Speaking after his arrest, he said: "I am not ashamed. We are Baloch and as Baloch we cannot tolerate [this]". He pointed to videos his sister had made, and specifically the images taken with the cleric, Mufti Abdul Qavi.

    Police said the brother had escaped to Dera Ghazi Khan after the killing in the Karimabad area of Multan early on Saturday morning. They said he fled with two friends who were still being sought.

    Baloch, whose real name was Fouzia Azeem, was buried on Sunday morning in her ancestral village near Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province.

    Images from the scene showed scores of people attending the services.

    Mufti Qavi, who said he had forgiven Baloch for her actions, had offered to lead the funeral prayers, reports said.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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