Revealing Qandeel’s real identity put her life at risk

Published: July 17, 2016
Once her real identity and family background were exposed on broadcast media she was a sitting target. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Once her real identity and family background were exposed on broadcast media she was a sitting target. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Once her real identity and family background were exposed on broadcast media she was a sitting target. PHOTO: FACEBOOK Insensitivity and crass intrusion in her personal life probably caused her death PHOTO: FANPAGE

ISLAMABAD: Media insensitivity and crass intrusion in the personal life of Qandeel Baloch probably led to the death of the social media starlet on Saturday. Weeks before she was murdered for honour, media outlets disclosed that her  original name was Fauzia Azeem. Till then no one knew her by her original name.

Qandeel hailed from a remote area of Multan, where the media outreach is limited. Once her real identity and family background were exposed on broadcast media she was a sitting target. Apparently picture of her passport was shared after her selfies with cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi went viral.

Qandeel Baloch strangled to death by brother in suspected honour killing

Besides her name and family, the passport also revealed her native town, her marital status and many other personal details including that of her son that hardly anyone knew before.

The exposure of her real name also drew criticism from some quarters who claimed using Baloch as her surname was disrespectful to the entire Baloch race.

But realising the disclosure had put her life in danger, she had also requested the interior ministry for security, which she never received.

In an interview with The Express Tribune on July 4, Qandeel said she wanted the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate those behind revealing her true identity and circulating her family pictures on social media.

“I don’t know who actually did this but there is somebody behind it who did it deliberately,” she had said. “The names will be revealed after Eid as the FIA is wholeheartedly working on it.”

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She was, however, quite certain she would not be given security by the interior ministry and planned to settle abroad with her parents after Eid.

Her perceived fears turned into reality on Saturday when her life was taken by her own brother for bringing dishonour to the family – an abhorring practice rampant in the country, particularly in her native south Punjab.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 17th, 2016.

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  • Jimmy Neutron
    Jul 17, 2016 - 7:13AM

    Media in Pakistan has to be regulated before it is too late.Recommend

  • Jul 17, 2016 - 8:25AM

    Mubashir Luqman should not have hyped the issue of Qandeel and the moulvi. her death warrant started ringing after the TV episode. Her family knew about her life style but the honor woke up after the episode. Recommend

  • zulfiqar
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:16AM

    Media is mourning as they lost entertainment news figure.Recommend

  • Allleyt
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:43AM

    Great, good for Pakistan a progressive nation..Recommend

  • S25
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:01PM

    Media played huge role behind her death. Just a few days ago they were showing her videos on TV repeatedly. Even those who didn’t know her found out about her thanks to mediaRecommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:04PM

    This is further proof that Pakistan has no government. When a celebrity does not get protection, especially after requesting one, then nobody will get protection. That means absence of government.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:22PM

    100% spot on ! , and FIA should continue the investigation and those responsible should be trialed on the same charges as her brother who has accepted doing this. We have to make an example of such personal so as to shut this stupid kind of news coverage ! Recommend

  • Khabar
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:28PM

    Media in our country is not mature and often crosses the line for TRP and in taking the lead to break the news first. I case of murder they go into juicy detail, naming people and muddling the account of events. Giving their opinion while stating facts is their favourite thing. Over all a typical immature media of an under develop country.Recommend

  • Gondal
    Jul 18, 2016 - 12:14AM

    Pakistan media is full of imature people. When un professional people do a job of professional prople. Such kind of results come out. Media is reponsible for her death. Specially Mubashar Luqman is part of this. Sorry to say. Damage is done and one life is lost. To avoid this kind incidents. Pamra should take action and implement strick rulesRecommend

  • Safi
    Jul 19, 2016 - 4:26AM

    THIS is the most sensible article over the issue.Recommend

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