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.”
“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.
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.