May no daughter be born to a poor family, prays Qandeel's grieving father

Published: July 16, 2017
Qandeel Baloch. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Qandeel Baloch. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

MULTAN: On the eve of the first death anniversary of Qandeel Baloch, her father Azeem fondly remembers the social media celebrity.

Sitting beneath a tree outside his house in Shah Sadruddin few kilometres away from the main city of Dera Ghazi Khan district, the 82-year-old was waiting for his wife to return from relatives house with money to buy food.

“I want to observe her death anniversary,” he told The Express Tribune. “I have no shame in remembering her, she supported me financially and emotionally.”

Remembering Qandeel

“I want to tell all those who are still mudslinging Qandeel that I will observe her death anniversary every year till my last breath.”

Recalling his Qandeel’s life, Azeem said he was fortunate to have her as his daughter, adding that she helped the family through tough times. “May no daughter be born to a poor family,” he wept.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, Azeem said he would not forgive his son for Qandeel’s murder. He called for strict punishment to set a precedent to stop honour killings in the future.

Qandeel Baloch: How she became unforgettable

Expressing disappointment with police and the law and the system, Azeem blamed Mufti Abdul Qawwi for becoming the reason behind Qandeel’s death. He said it was only after their pictures went viral that her life was in danger.

Accusing police of “not taking the matter seriously”, he alleged they had looted the family following the murder by taking away cash and other belongings.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Afzal Khwaja
    Jul 17, 2017 - 4:10AM

    I understand what father is saying is the un-humanized attitude of society towards women in general. The society that just can not seem to get out of this archaic traditional mess of women inequality. Qndeel Baloch is a symbol representing the misogyny. So, this represents a true story of a talented and brave girl from a poor family, especially of women, that if a poor woman can fight for female rights, and expose mullahs, then all women should rise and speak their minds to fight against torturous treatment of women. Government must pass laws, encourage and fund women organizations, and provide free phone and internet to take stiff actions against those barbarians for hammering mental and physical crimes on human women.Recommend

  • io
    Jul 17, 2017 - 4:15AM

    I remember reading the comment on her fb page while she was still alive. Literally every post wanted her dead. Pakistan honor killed Qandeel. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 17, 2017 - 10:30AM

    Its not a son or daughter , its the number of children which is the problem in poor families. they procreate without limits and have dozen or even scores . its difficult to feed all mouths / give them education / get them married .. Therein lies the problem. Recommend

  • Sultan Mirza
    Jul 19, 2017 - 2:17PM

    Ironic that after “ban” was released, she got “banned” from life. Recommend

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