MULTAN: The parents of slain model and social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, have been forced to vacate their house in Multan due to extreme poverty.
Fauzia Azeem, who went by the name Qandeel Baloch, was allegedly strangulated by her brother in an apparent honour killing in July 2016.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Qandeel’s father, Muhammad Azeem said that since the death of his daughter, the family were unable to pay house rent which was previously taken care of by Qandeel.
According to the model’s parents, she was the sole breadwinner of the family – responsible for all expenses including food, medicine.
“My daughter was the only financial supporter for us,” Azeem said. “She not only supported us but also her brother who killed her.”
Four years ago, Qandeel’s family moved to Multan from Dera Ghazi Khan after she rented a house in Muzaffarbad town on the Muzaffargarh-Multan road.
Since her parents cannot afford the rent, they have decided to move back to their ancestral home in Shah Sardar town in Dera Ghazi Khan.
Earlier in January, the Multan police registered a criminal case against Azeem and his wife, accusing them of trying to save one of their sons from murder charges.
The police registered the FIR under Section 213 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of Assistant Sub-Inspector Allah Bukhsh of Muzaffarabad Police Station.
Speaking with the media, Qandeel’s parents had denied the accusation. “We wrongly nominated Aslam Shaheen in Qandeel’s murder. We were enraged at that time,” Azeem and his wife said.