Baloch politicians, activists come to Qandeel's defence following legal notice

Published: June 30, 2016


ISLAMABAD: Qandeel Baloch chose surname due to affinity with Baloch people, argue supporters

Qandeel Baloch issued notice for ‘bringing shame’ to Baloch race, asked to drop surname

Activists, politicians and journalists in Balochistan have come to the defence of self-proclaimed model Qandeel Baloch after she was issued a legal notice for “bringing shame to the Baloch race”.

A Multan court summoned Qandeel after a petition demanded that Qandeel drop her surname and pay a fine of Rs50 million.

Qandeel Baloch issued summons, legal notice

Senior Baloch journalist and editor of Roznama Intikhab Anwar Sajdi said that the making the issue about race was inappropriate. “The model has not insulted Baloch people. Using Baloch as her surname reflects her love and affection towards Baloch people.”

“There was a time when many Muslim actors in India and Pakistan used Hindu names instead of their original names. Such as Dilip Kumar, Santosh Kumar and many more, but Hindus never objected,” said Sajdi, who hails from Khuzdar.

Advocate Sajid Tareen, the vice-president of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M ), defended Qandeel, saying, “Constitutionally and legally, no one can force the model to remove ‘Baloch’ from her name.”

He was also of the view that her affinity for Baloch people might have made her use it as a surname. Tareen also gave the example of leading actors in India, whom, he said, use Khan as their surname, yet Pakhtuns never objected to it. He advised the aggrieved party to avoid such controversies.

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Meanwhile, the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) offered support for the model and advised her to tender an apology before the matter got out of hand.

Fazila Aliani, a senior member of NCHR who belongs to the Aliani Baloch tribe of Balochistan, called on Qandeel and the aggrieved party to settle the issue amicably. Aliani, who used to be an activist of the National Awami Party (NAP) in the early 1970s, advised the model to tender an apology to the people of Baloch.

“The aggrieved party should also exercise restraint and opt for a peaceful settlement of the issue as a gesture of good will,” she told The Express Tribune.

Further, the NCHR member expressed concern over the model’s security, saying she may be harmed in the name of honour. “It is better to have an early settlement between the two parties to avoid an untoward incident.”

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Qandeel, who became popular via social media, is often a subject of controversy. She recently released selfies and videos with Mufti Abdul Qawi and claimed he made numerous passes at her. Earlier, she had announced to do a strip dance from Shahid Adrifi if the cricket team won the WorldT20 tournament.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Jun 30, 2016 - 10:14PM

    Don,t be so hard on this innocent Young Kid. She is just making living from acting. In show bizz. Actress and models has done much more worse the her to achieve success. These hard core lawyer and others should back off live her lone. So she can concentrate on her career. Recommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Jul 1, 2016 - 2:53AM

    Just leave this girl alone. She means no harm to anyone.Recommend

  • Haramullah
    Jul 1, 2016 - 8:00AM

    well said!Recommend

  • Chabaoo
    Jul 1, 2016 - 9:32AM

    Who Else in Balochs enjoy good reputation

    ? Uzair Baloch
    ? Asif Zardari Baloch?
    Mushtaq Raeesani Baloch
    Nadir Magsi Baloch?
    Rehman Dakait aka Abdur Rehman Baloch?

    The List goes on and on, People whose biggest pride is to keep Life long grudges and Kill other people on Trivial matters should be proud that she is using their name and for the first time its not associated with killing somebody or taking lives.
    Leave her AloneRecommend

  • Ali Baloch
    Jul 1, 2016 - 11:46AM

    @Chabaoo: I suggest you read the history of Baloch people, if you are that illiterate then I suggest, you read about Professor Saba Dashtari Baloch, Ghaus Bux Bizenjo, Noor Muhammad Mengal, Atta Shaad and I can go on and on but I believe I have mademy point. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 1, 2016 - 2:28PM

    Pakistan is full of bad news and stresses. Qandeel brings lots of entertainment with whatever she does. She is a blessing. There was a vacuums which she filled beautifully. Instead of following Kim Kardashian, why not to have our own. All those who use abusive language against her, follow her all the time. Leave her alone pl. She is not for you. She is for people like me who go to her Facebook page whenever I am bored :) All the hypocrites are advised not to visit her Facebook page. But problem with these hypocrites is that they like her too. Recommend

  • banaris
    Jul 3, 2016 - 8:08PM

    I request all pakistani
    Mufti Qvie ko sazaa De jyRecommend

  • Jul 3, 2016 - 8:10PM

    Qandel bloch na thek Kea mufti k stRecommend

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