Qandeel Baloch killed by brother over people's taunts, says mother

By AFP
Published: July 27, 2016
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Her poor family said they depended on Baloch financially and did not know how they would cope without her. PHOTO: FILE

Her poor family said they depended on Baloch financially and did not know how they would cope without her. PHOTO: FILE

SHAH SADAR DIN: The mother of a Pakistani celebrity murdered in a so-called ‘honour’ killing said her son strangled his sister after being taunted by his friends over her behaviour.

The death earlier this month of starlet Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her selfies and videos, shone a spotlight on such killings and re-ignited calls for legislative action to curb the crime.

Speaking to AFP from her home in the village of Shah Sadar Din, Qandeel’s mother Anwar Wai wept as she recalled the shocking death at the hands of brother Muhammad Wasim.

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“He killed my daughter after being taunted by his friends. They would infuriate him and tell him she is bringing you dishonour,” she said, surrounded by her husband as well as an adult son and daughter.

The desperately poor family, who live in a three-room house with mud for flooring, said they depended on Qandeel financially and did not know how they would cope without her. Qandeel supported around a dozen relatives.

“She was an amazing daughter. I have no words that do her justice, and she took care of us much more than our sons including financially,” she said, adding the family were being put up in a house that Qandeel (real name Fauzia Azeem) had in Multan.

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“She would phone us four or five times a day. If she wasn’t able to call one day, she would tell us ‘I’m sorry, I was working.'”

The law minister last week announced that bills aimed at tackling “honour killings” and boosting rape convictions would soon be voted on by parliament, after mounting pressure to tackle a pattern of crime that claims around 1,000 lives a year.

The perpetrators of so-called honour killings — in which the victim, normally a woman, is killed by a relative — often walk free because they can seek forgiveness for the crime from another family member.

Some of Qandeel’s more notorious acts included offering to perform a striptease for the Pakistani cricket team, and donning a plunging scarlet dress on Valentine’s Day.

She also posed for selfies with a high-profile mullah in an incident that saw him swiftly rebuked by the country’s religious affairs ministry.

Initially dismissed as a Kim Kardashian-like figure, she was seen by some as empowered in a country where women have fought for their rights for decades.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Mian
    Jul 27, 2016 - 9:26PM

    Where are those ghairat mand brothers and their friends now? They should come forward now to help the poor family of Qandeel. Recommend

  • NDA
    Jul 27, 2016 - 11:22PM

    Society in general has to be blamed for this unnecessary loss of life. In poor and ignorent communities , this issue of ‘ghairat’ is too strong . People get provoked into committing heinous crimes , as is the case of Qandeel.

    Media is equally guilty of provoking and encouraging this kind of reaction. Pakistan media is not more than vultures who depend on juicy stories putting peoples’ lives in danger. Mullah Qawi , Geo program ” Eik Din Geo ke Saath’ are the kind of agents exploiting vulnerabilities for rating and money as in case of Qandeel. Recommend

  • Jul 28, 2016 - 1:26AM

    Who gives a damn about peoples’ taunts. Human life is too important to waste.Recommend

  • Jul 28, 2016 - 1:52AM

    Too bad!Recommend

  • Khan
    Jul 28, 2016 - 3:11AM

    If the men of the house are useful then the woman dont have to step out. In Pakistan being woman is like geing an entity.Recommend

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