DERA GHAZI KHAN/MULTAN: Senior Civil Judge Khursheed Ahmad on Monday summoned model Qandeel Baloch to court at a hearing on July 13, on a petition filed by a lawyer.
Advocate Shahbaz Ali Khan Gurmani, the petitioner, said that Qandeel Baloch had brought ‘shame’ to the Baloch race by adopting the surname. He said that she had no ties to the Baloch race.
Separately, Gadai union council vice chairman Fayyaz Khan Leghari of Dera Ghazi Khan sent model Qandeel Baloch a legal notice on Monday demanding that she apologise for ‘bringing shame’ to the Baloch race, stop using Baloch as her surname and pay him Rs50 million. “Otherwise, strict action will be taken against you”, says the legal notice (a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune).
The notice says that Qandeel Baloch’s legal name was Fauzia Azeem. It alleges that she has been working along a certain ‘agenda’ and is not of Baloch ethnicity. It says that she hails from the Marha Shaikh family, which is not a Baloch tribe. Leghari has demanded a formal apology from the model within seven days. He has also requested the federal Shariah court, the Islamic Ideological Council and the federal government to look into the matter.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2016.