The younger brother of Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch has confessed to have killed her for bringing dishonour to their family.
Waseem, Qandeel Baloch’s brother, said that he drugged and then strangled his sister as she ‘brought dishonour to the Baloch name’ due to risque videos and statements that she posted on social media.
He was arrested by the police on Saturday night after Qandeel was found strangled to death at her house in Multan in the morning.
Her father Muhammad Azeem had claimed that she was killed by her younger brother, Waseem, in the name of honour, ‘Dawn’ reported.
“There are other issues as well… Like the maulvi issue,” Waseem said, referring to a recent controversy surrounding Baloch’s selfies with Mufti Qavi.
“I gave her a tablet and then strangled her. Qandeel wasn’t aware I was killing her,” he said.
City police chief Azhar Akram said: “Waseem killed her by covering her mouth and nose, after which he fled to Dera Ghazi Khan with two of his friends. We are searching for his friends and I am hopeful they will also be caught soon. After interrogating them, we will be able to determine their role in the crime.”
The city police chief said the authorities would charge Waseem with honour killing and seek “maximum punishment”.
In the First Information Report, Qandeel’s father said his daughter came to Multan from Karachi to celebrate Eid with the family and Waseem also came to meet them on July 14.
Azeem said he, along with his wife, went to sleep on the rooftop while Qandeel slept in a room where Waseem strangled her to death, as he opposed her working in showbiz.
He alleged that Waseem had taken this extreme step at the behest of his brother Mohammad Aslam Shaheen. Qandeel’s funeral was held early on Sunday at Shah Saddardin, Dera Ghazi Khan.
A neighbour said she had visited Qandeel on Friday night when her brother was watching television while she was in another room and everything was fine. “It is unbelievable. Qandeel was a very nice girl,” she said.
Qandeel Baloch shot to fame in 2014 through her self-promoting and suggestive “selfies” posted on social media. She had tens of thousands of followers.