Drugged Qandeel before strangling her to death, says brother

Published: July 17, 2016
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Wasim (R), the brother of slain social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, is escorted by police following his arrest for Qandeel's death in Multan early on July 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Wasim (R), the brother of slain social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, is escorted by police following his arrest for Qandeel's death in Multan early on July 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

MULTAN: Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch’s brother, who was arrested late Saturday, has confessed to drugging and then strangling her “for honour”.

Muhammad Waseem said he is “not embarrassed” to have killed her.

“Yes of course, I strangled her,” Wasim told reporters at a defiant press conference, organised by police, early Sunday.

“She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof top,” he continued. “It was around 10.45 pm when I gave her a tablet… and then killed her.”

Qandeel, believed to be in her twenties and whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, rose to fame for her provocative Facebook posts that saw her praised by some for breaking social taboos but condemned by conservatives.

Wasim said he acted alone.

“Whatever was the case, it (his sister’s behaviour) was completely intolerable,” he said. After the videos with Mufti Abdul Qavi had gone viral on social media, I planned to murder her and was only waiting for the best moment.”

She was killed on Friday night at her family’s home near Multan. Wasim went on the run and was arrested late Saturday in neighbouring Muzaffargarh district.

Qandeel Baloch strangled to death by brother in suspected honour killing

He added, “I am a drug addict but I was in my senses when I murdered her and I accept it with pride. Now everybody will remember me with honour that I have provided relief to my parents and brothers who were suffering for the last two decades because of her.”

“Girls are born only to stay at home and to bring honour to the family by following family traditions but Qandeel had never done that,” Waseem said.

“My friends used to send me videos and pictures on my mobile and everyone in the mobile market was sharing pictures and videos of her with me. Murdering her was better than committing suicide so I went with the former plan.”

CPO Multan said samples were taken from Qandeel’s body which will be sent to Lahore to determine if she was drugged or not.

Rumours of Qandeel’s parents being taken in remand are false, he added, saying the model’s mobile phone was recovered and will be used to help in the investigations.

Qandeel Baloch laid to rest

Qandeel was buried in her home town in DG Khan on Sunday.

Her funeral prayers were offered Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan. She was buried in her family graveyard.

Hundreds attended her funeral prayers, including locals as well as social rights activists from all over south Punjab.

Qandeel’s parents were afraid that they might be killed by their sons as well, and were provided security, police sources told The Express Tribune.

Relatives and residents offer funeral prayers for Qandeel Baloch in Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan on July 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

As per her father’s wishes, Qandeel’s body was shifted to DG Khan from Multan on Sunday morning at 6am.

Father of Qandeel Baloch mourns as he sits in an ambulance carrying the body of Qandeel in Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan on July 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

According to the post-mortem report conducted by a panel of three doctors at Nishtar Hospital in Multan, she was murdered between 9 and 10pm late Friday evening.

Her death was reported to rescue 1122 on Saturday morning in around 11am. Her body was shifted to Nishtar Hospital in Multan around 2pm Saturday afternoon and it remained there for more than 14 hours as her parents were coming to receive it after autopsy.

5 times Qandeel Baloch was brutally honest

“Wasim, 30, killed her last night following an argument,” her parents confirmed after her death. Her parents arrived at the Nishtar Hospital and collected her body on Sunday morning. Her body was then transferred to Dera Ghazi Khan for the funeral.

Qandeel’s father Azeem said his daughter was brave and he would not forget or forgive her brutal murder.

Regarding security measures, the CPO said police had not received a written request from the model to provide her security.

Death threats

Following the Mufti Qavi ‘scandal’, the internet sensation had claimed she was receiving death threats and had officially sought security.

However, following “no response” from the interior ministry on her application for getting personal security, she planned to settle down abroad after Eidul Fitr.

Revealing Qandeel’s real identity put her life at risk

“I know I will not be provided security and I am not feeling secured here so have decided to move abroad with my parents after Eidul Fitr,” Qandeel had told The Express Tribune.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • siesmann
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:12AM

    Behind every murder,behind every crime,there is a Mullah.The Mullah enjoyed Qandeel Baloch ,and she had to be killed.The Same mullah says having as many wives as one wishes is OK.Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:34AM

    So Her brother is stating that She was dishonoring Baloch people. So basically the honor of Baloch people is so weak that one girl was threatening the so called honor of one entire ethnicity.
    Anyway with this confession many top journalists who were claiming that she is not a Baloch and is a conspiracy of some particular region of Pakistan are proven wrong. The top journalists like Hamid Mir was even claiming it a Punjabi conspiracy against the Baloch on twitter. Now after her death her entire family claimed to have Baloch origins.
    So it shows the level of biased journalism as well. Recommend

  • JSM
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:42AM

    Celebration of murder. I am sad.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:44AM

    character and honour are not that fragile dear . I pity this chap more now . He needs urgent help .Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam retd
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:56AM

    Justice must be swift to prevent recurrence. The Judges are to be blamed. They should not get away.Recommend

  • Ali Mustafa
    Jul 17, 2016 - 12:14PM

    R.i.p Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jul 17, 2016 - 12:34PM

    I will not be surprised if her half a dozen brothers and sisters were the main motivators behind the gruesome murder. That they got a drug addicted brother to do the job and confess is condemnable and unpardonable.Recommend

  • Bhatti
    Jul 17, 2016 - 12:43PM

    I am not defending this murder…. but just imagine the suffering and humiliation her brother had been going through all these years.Recommend

  • Qandeel Fain
    Jul 17, 2016 - 12:59PM

    It’s ironic that just months ago, she was threatening Modi to be afraid of her. I guess Modi’s involved in some way too.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:07PM

    Unfortunately, this is the ‘heavenly poster boy’ for a good many people here.Recommend

  • Fahim
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:18PM

    1) Media is responsible for breaking news of Qandeel’s identity card and Passport information when it was revealed.

    2) Our society is responsible, “my friends used to send me videos and pictures on my mobile and everyone in the mobile market was sharing pictures and videos of her with me. Murdering her was better than committing suicide so I went with the latter plan.”Recommend

  • ted
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:40PM

    Sick SOB!!Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jul 17, 2016 - 1:59PM

    Its so sad that Qandeel had to endure such horror at the hands of her own brother. If she had remained alive she would have been a Marilyn Monroe or Kim Kardashian of Pakistan. This could have been used by Pakistan as a soft power to better its image in the eyes of the world.Recommend

  • Arihant New York
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:53PM

    This Brainwashed guy and the likes of him are roaming around freely without remorse and no one (male female father mother daughter son friend…) really no one is safe in Pakistan as anyone can give any stupid reason and connect it to Islam to justify killing..

    Pakistanis are getting back full force of KARMA due to seeds of religious hatred they sowed 70 years back.

    Why do Pakistanis worry about enemies when you yourselves are your own biggest enemies?? Who will protect you all from You??Recommend

  • JB
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:53PM

    A murdering drug addict expects to be in heaven….just shows the mental status…Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:56PM

    This is a straight murder case and not honor killing. The killer lived off Qandeel’s earnings for 6 years and now suddenly he had pangs of shame. People in Pakistan and the Police are trying to give Qandeel’s murderer a way out via Honor. Pakistan has no Honor when it comes to killing women. Recommend

  • Baby Ka Husband
    Jul 17, 2016 - 2:58PM

    The murderer says he is going to go to Heaven. Please dispatch him wherever he is going to go from this earth asap. Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:12PM

    “I proudly admit to murdering Qandeel and I have earned heaven and honour by providing relief to my parents and family.”

    Such an illiterate individual. If heaven was given just like that – every murderer would be there.Recommend

  • Pushkar
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:29PM

    Rest in Peace dear girl. Not your fault to have been born in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Asif
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:38PM

    “I proudly admit to murdering Qandeel and I have earned heaven and honour by providing relief to my parents and family …”

    “I am a drug addict but I was in my senses when I murdered her and I accept it with pride. Now everybody will remember me with honour …”

    And the root cause of all the ills is the statement below:

    “Girls are born only to stay at home and to bring honour to the family by following family traditions …”

    … and the collective silence of the religious elite. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jul 17, 2016 - 4:15PM

    people are literally fighting to stand in front line to get some camera light. they all have a Qandeel in them.Recommend

  • yellow
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:05PM

    “Girls are born only to stay at home and to bring honour to the family by following family traditions but Qandeel had never done that,” Waseem said.Recommend

  • Khilari
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:07PM

    Shameless brother. Now who is going to look after the poor father and the family? Quite obviously not him. If he would have been so capable then Qandeel would not have been the bread earner of the family. His shallow honor should be hanged for taking a life.Recommend

  • Roussou
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:10PM

    I don’t believe he drugged her and I don’t even believe he killed her for honor. He is a druggie and must have been demanding money. He killed her for money. He is a liar and a brutal killer. He should be hanged.Recommend

  • harkol
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:21PM

    He is a drug addict, and he is proud of having murdered his sister!! An ‘honorable man’ indeed!!Recommend

  • Bilal Hussain
    Jul 17, 2016 - 5:25PM

    So tragic.Recommend

  • whatever
    Jul 17, 2016 - 6:19PM

    she was too bold for a conservative society like Pakistan, no wonder if the killer will be honored by pakistan and will be realesed free after few dramas. RIP QandeelRecommend

  • M.Bukhari
    Jul 17, 2016 - 6:42PM

    I have no words really except to say there is no honor to murder. Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jul 17, 2016 - 7:02PM

    So even the so called liberals were not able to join the Qandeel Baloch’s funeral procession. Because it was scorching heat and it is easy to bash from Air-conditioned rooms?. Recommend

  • Lolz
    Jul 17, 2016 - 7:29PM

    If her brother had to kill her, he would have killed her long before when her videos started getting viral on the social media. In fact he frequently visited her all these years and it seems he himself got kidnapped or taken away by the perpetrators to give it a color of honor killing. Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Jul 17, 2016 - 9:25PM

    If 1400 years of Islamic rule cannot contain/change age old tribal customs and change peoples minds, you have to question the basic tenets. No buts and ifs. Sick to the teeth.Recommend

  • Jude Allen
    Jul 17, 2016 - 9:33PM

    Ok so let me get this right….. a drug addict says he murdered his sister to keep his family’s er.. “honor” ? and he further goes to say that girls are born to stay home eh? I think “dot” sahab had a hand in her killing. Something smells fishy and well, stupid too. But well, this is Pakistan – we exhibit stupidity with such pride don’t we? :)Recommend

  • Darr247
    Jul 17, 2016 - 10:33PM

    What prison will he be in and what size is he, so I can send him a pink romper and high heels like she wore in the Ban video… I’m sure wearing that outfit will make him an “honoured” celebrity there during his stay. Recommend

  • sean randles
    Jul 17, 2016 - 11:49PM

    He will not go to prison- in fact, he will probably get off scott free as there is a law in Pakistan for honour killings which allows the victim’s family to forgive the killer. And its highly likely his Mum and Dad will forgive him. Recommend

  • Anna
    Jul 18, 2016 - 1:08AM

    Honor killing? There is no honor in taking someone’s life.

    How is this a thing that people do? In Pakistan does it honestly justify murder? To murder someone with good intentions because they embarrassed you is ok? The answer is no, it is never ok.

    You can’t control other people’s actions. But, you can control your response to them. This was a test for him in his life and he failed. If he thinks he is going to heaven he is sadly mistaken. There is no place in heaven for people who let fear, hatred, and shame rule their heart and mind.Recommend

  • Humna
    Jul 18, 2016 - 1:46AM

    If he is so sure about going to heaven why did he run from the police? He should be hanged asap to let him know where murderers will go in after life

    This is was purely driven by greed. Else a murderer doesn’t argue with the victim before killing her. She probably refused giving drug money to him n he killed her to avenge that. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 18, 2016 - 1:53AM

    Honor killing blasphemy are jokes. This addict brother had no honor. Family and this addict brother were all dependent on her earning. She had good relations with Moulavis which proves that she had the honorable lady.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jul 18, 2016 - 2:25AM

    Another honour killings!
    Just WHEN is ET going to have the courage to periodically show the follow up to these cases? Probably never because the guilty are probably all quietly released after the outrage has died down!
    What ever happened, for example, to those Jirga members who approved murder of girl some months ago?Recommend

  • Jul 18, 2016 - 2:38AM

    The ediot is UGLY and criminal. Qandeel Baloch was very prettyRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 18, 2016 - 3:44AM

    @Bhatti:
    He was a drug addict. Where were the morals and the honour then. I am sorry no one has the right to take law into their own hands.

    And where was the honour when he ran away after committing the murder.
    Pathetic excuseRecommend

  • Fact
    Jul 18, 2016 - 3:52AM

    Women are also killing men in the name of honor nowadays in Pakistan.The only difference is that media gives less importance to male harassment.In USA,women even have more rights from men.If you see the music videos of American female singers like Lady Gaga,Miley Cyrus,Christina Aguilera,Jennifer Lopez,Taylor Swift,Kesha,etc,all of them harass men in their music videos as much as they can,and then they claim that men have more rights from them.Recommend

  • Shame
    Jul 18, 2016 - 4:06AM

    @ted:
    Why are you calling names to his mother? Shame.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Jul 18, 2016 - 5:19AM

    U better deal with increasing frequency of rapes in India and don’t worry about Pakistan. @Arihant New York:Recommend

  • siesmann
    Jul 18, 2016 - 11:21AM

    @Fact:
    so music video is the same as real life.Grow up!!Recommend

  • MJA
    Jul 18, 2016 - 5:07PM

    So I suppose its perfectly respectable and honorable to have a murderer in the family? Honor…….what honor? He can take his honor and shove it up where the sun doesn’t shine. Sick sick race. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 18, 2016 - 10:48PM

    As per media her mother stated that a bearded man was seen entering the house. Did her brother saw the bearded man and Qandeel in a compromising position and out of rage he murdered her and the bearded man escaped. Police to investigate without fearRecommend

  • kitoo
    Jul 19, 2016 - 3:17AM

    Taht photo of qandeels dad is heartbreaking. Its possible he mufti and the army brother both paid off this brother to kill her. and to the creep who were posting those selfies to him Evryone is to balme for this death those who have sat in governemnt and not creating meaningful opportunities for women to work in decent paid jobs. Qandeel wouldnt have had to marry that awful man and have his child if she could have worked ., they also have a responsibility. i just want to hug the father and mother its so so sad to face this at their agesRecommend

  • hamid
    Jul 19, 2016 - 5:05AM

    @Bhatti:
    Then with your statement – you in fact ARE defending her murder, Being humiliated is NOT a reason to murder anyone let alone your own sister. You’re sickening, just about as sick as Waseem. Recommend

  • joyce l stillman
    Jul 19, 2016 - 9:58AM

    @Bhatti:
    You heartless idiot. Let him get his own value. It should not depend on a sibling. She is worth a thousand of him and a million of you. Let him be strangled without drugs” in order to defend her honor.Recommend

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