In an unexpected turn of events, a man claiming to be internet sensation Qandeel Baloch's husband came forward live on television on Wednesday.
The event was shortly followed by Baloch admitting she was indeed married and even had a child from her marriage to the man.
"My husband used to beat me up," she said while speaking to Express News. The actor's confession came after her former husband, Aashiq Hussain, claimed to the media he was earlier married to Baloch.
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Baloch admitted she had a son with Hussain. However, she added, "He never told my child I am his mother. It was a forced marriage."
Speaking to Express News, Hussain refuted Baloch's claims and said it was a love marriage. "I still have letters which she wrote with her blood," he said.
"She wanted a car and bungalow from me," Hussain added.
"I never contacted Aashiq Hussain after the divorce," Baloch said. "I took a divorce because I wanted to study further and work but I was forcibly married."
"He tortured me day and night during the one year I was married to him," Baloch said while speaking to The Express Tribune. "After a year, I ran away with my son and sought refuge in Darul Aman," she continued. However, the social media sensation said her son fell sick and she could not afford treatment so she was forced to give his custody to Hussain.
"I will fight for my son now."
The social media startlet aid she was married when she was 17 years old to a man hailing from Kot Addu.
Last month, Senior Civil Judge Khursheed Ahmad summoned model Qandeel Baloch to court at a hearing on a petition filed by a lawyer. Advocate Shahbaz Ali Khan Gurmani, the petitioner, said that Baloch had brought ‘shame’ to the Baloch race by adopting the surname. He said she had no ties to the Baloch race.
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Separately, Gadai union council vice chairman Fayyaz Khan Leghari of Dera Ghazi Khan sent model 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).
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The notice said Baloch’s legal name was Fauzia Azeem. It alleges that she has been working along a certain ‘agenda’ and is not of Baloch ethnicity.
Recently, Mufti Qawi's Ruet-e-Hilal Committee membership was suspended for taking selfies with Qandeel Baloch. The move came after a video of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee member with the self proclaimed actor and singer went viral on social media.
Baloch became famous through her tireless self-promotion and suggestive “selfies” posted on social media, amassing tens of thousands of followers.
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On Valentine’s Day, Baloch donned a plunging scarlet dress and posted a message defying the country’s president, who had issued a stern warning against the “Western” holiday.
“They can stop people from going out, but they can’t stop people from loving,” she declared in a Facebook video, going on to branding politicians “idiotic and disgusting”.
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Baloch is derided and feted in equal measure in Pakistan, but the message appeared to tap into the frustrations of many young people tired of being told how to behave — the footage has been viewed more than 830,000 times, and garnered 7,000 likes and counting.
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