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Qandeel Baloch

Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s first female social media celebrity, who belonged to a working class rural family from the province of Punjab and had over 750,000 followers on Facebook alone. Born on 1 March 1990 in Dera Ghazi Khan.

Baloch married Aashiq Hussain in 2008, aged 17, and had one son with him. Baloch left her husband a year later, saying he was abusive. Hussain stated that theirs was a love marriage.

“I still have the letters which she wrote with her blood.” Qandeel went with her baby son to a government-run domestic violence shelter in Multan. Not long after arriving, Qandeel left her infant son with her husband and his relatives. “I want to make my own life,” she confessed to the shelter administrator.

“Whatever I want to do, I cannot do it with a child hanging on to me. I will become helpless.” She disappeared from the shelter the next day.

On 15 July 2016, Qandeel Baloch was drugged and then asphyxiated by her brother M. Waseem while she was asleep at her parents’ home in Multan. Her death was reported by her father Azeem.

It was first reported as a shooting, but an autopsy report confirmed that Baloch was murdered by asphyxiation while she was asleep, on the night of 15–16 July, around 11:15 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. By the time her body was found she had already been dead for between fifteen and thirty-six hours.

Marks on Baloch’s body revealed that her mouth and nose were pinned shut to asphyxiate her. Police said that they would investigate all sides of the murder including honour killing.

Qandeel murder case be treated as Fasad-Fil-Arz, says Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Saturday stressed that the Qandeel Baloch murder and other similar cases be treated as Fasad-Fil-Arz. “Such cases must be treated as Fasad-Fil-Arz in the interest of Public. Court must reject such compromises and proceed under the law, I call upon Punjab Govt to take full ownership of the case, accused must be punished,” he tweeted. On July 15, 2016, model Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother Waseem in Multan. The suspect stated he killed his…

Court indicts Qavi, four others in Qandeel murder case

MULTAN: A local court here framed charges against cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi and four other suspects in a case pertaining to the murder of model Qandeel Baloch. Additional District and Sessions Judge Sardar Iqbal Dogar read out charges against the suspects, including the cleric and two brothers of the deceased. They pleaded not guilty and opted to contest the charges levelled against them. The court set May 14 for next hearing of the case when the judge would begin recording testimonies against accused Mufti Abdul Qavi,…

‘Parents sure Mufti Qavi is behind Qandeel Baloch’s murder’

The lawyer representing Qandeel Baloch's parents in the social media celebrity's honor killing case on Wednesday said that his clients are sure religious scholar Mufti Qavi is behind their daughter's murder, ARY News reported. Speaking exclusively to ARY News, Safdar Shah maintained that his clients "do not suspect but are sure" that Mufti Qavi is behind the murder as the famed selfie with Qandeel severely damaged Qavi's reputation and he lost his membership of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee after the controversy surrounding his…

Mufti Qavi vows to improve prison conditions after securing bail

MULTAN: Mufti Abdul Qavi – who rose to fame for his controversial photos with slain social media icon Qandeel Baloch – on Wednesday said he would put his due efforts to improve prison conditions. Talking to press here after getting released on bail, the cleric said he witnessed the problems himself faced by the prisoners during his detention. He said he would extend his maximum cooperation to the families of prisoners if they contact him while announcing to form an executive committee to resolve the issues faced by the…

Mufti Qavi responsible for Qandeel’s murder, alleges father

MULTAN: The father of Qandeel Baloch, a social media celebrity murdered by her brother, informed a magisterial court here today that his daughter was killed at the behest of cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi.  Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother, Waseem, in Multan on July 15, last year. The suspect stated he killed his sister for she “brought disgrace on the family”. Qandeel's father, Muhammad Azeem, told the court that Mufti Qavi was responsible for his daughter's murder and added he would not forgive those behind her…