Qandeel Baloch’s cousin surrenders to police
Murdered Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch’s cousin turned himself over to police for investigation on Monday.
Haq Nawaz surrendered himself to the police at Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province as his involvement was suspected in Qandeel’s murder, the Karachi based Dawn reported.
Qndeells brother, Muhammed Waseem had initially claimed to have acted alone, saying he had drugged and then strangled his sister in sleep.
Police were, however, looking to investigate Haq Nawaz and his possible involvement in the murder.
Police also took Waseem’s polygraph and DNA tests at a forensic lab in Lahore on Friday.
Qandeel was killed in her ancestral house in Multan on the night of July 15 by Waseem for “family honour”.
After Qandeel’s murder, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government faced mounting pressure to pass long-delayed legislation on “honour killings” to remove a loophole which allows other family members to pardon a killer.
A parliamentary panel had unanimously approved the legislation on Thursday. Law minister Zahid Hamid said the Bill will now be presented for debate in the parliament and is likely to be put to vote next month.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz earlier said the government had worked very hard to build consensus on the Bill.
Rights organisations estimates that at least a 1000 women are killed every year in the name of ‘honour’.
The proposed legislation will ensure that even if the family of the victim forgives the killer, the court’s will have to award life imprisonment of 25 years.