A judicial magistrate court in Multan has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Mufti Abdul Qavi in Qandeel Baloch’s murder case on Thursday.
Judicial Magistrate Muhammad Pervez Khan issued the warrants while expressing his anger on why the case was running at a snail’s pace. The justice was told by the investigation officer that Qavi was not cooperating with them.
However, immediately after the warrants were released, Qavi filed an application for pre-arrest bail. District and Session Courts Judge Chaudhry Ameer Ahmed Khan granted him the bail in connection with the murder against the surety bond of Rs100,000.
Qavi, who was censured for appearing in “selfie” photographs with murdered social media celebrity Qandeel, has been investigated in connection with her killing.
He was also suspended from the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee after the photographs were published and became part of the police investigation into the celebrity’s murder.
The cleric has repeatedly denied any involvement in Qandeel’s murder but had said he would present himself to police for questioning if summoned.
The internet sensation rose to fame over her Facebook videos, in which she danced, proposed to politicians and brought the cleric to shame. She was silenced in July last year by her own brother who strangled her to death over so-called honour.