Sunday, July 17, 2016

Killer brother's chilling confession why he strangled feminist model sister for racy social media selfies

Qandeel Baloch

An evil brother who strangled his social media queen sister to death has explained why he killed her in cold blood.
The murder of Qandeel Baloch, a 26-year-old Instagram model and women's rights activist, sent shockwaves through Pakistan yesterday.
In Facebook posts, Baloch spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset" of people in the conservative country.
She faced frequent misogynist abuse and death threats but continued to post provocative pictures and videos.
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Qandeel was breaking down gender equality barriers in Pakistan
Daily RecordMuhammad Waseem
Muhammad Waseem admitted to killing his own sister
Her brother Muhammad Waseem told police it was an "honour killing" and he gave her a "tablet" to subdue her before choking her to death.
He told journalists in a press conference arranged by the police early today: "I have no regrets."
The killing sent shockwaves across Muslim Pakistan and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media for Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem.
Daily RecordQandeel Baloch
Qandeel's selfies went viral around the world

"As per our initial investigation 'honour' is the motive of murder," said Azhar Ikram, the police chief in Multan, where Baloch was killed.
More than 500 people - almost all women - die in Pakistan each year in such killings, usually carried out by members of the victim's family meting out punishment for bringing "shame" on the community.
Waseem said he killed his sister due to her social media activities, which included a series of posts with a prominent Muslim cleric, Abdul Qavi.
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Qandeel wanted women to be able to express themselves
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After Qandeel's death many Pakistanis again called for the passage of an anti-honour killing law
One video shows her sitting on the cleric's lap, reports the Daily Record.
Qavi, who was suspended from a prominent Muslim council in the controversy following the posts, told local media after Baloch's death he had "forgiven her" and the matter was now in God's hands.
After Baloch's death, many Pakistanis again called for the passage of an anti-honour killing law, aimed a closing a loophole that allows family members to forgive the killers.
"The death of Qandeel Baloch conveys an insidious message: that women will be kept back at all cost; murdered, if they dare nurture ambitions to break the glass ceiling," the English daily Dawn newspaper wrote in an editorial on Sunday.

Baloch spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset""Her murder...must serve as an impetus for legislators to renew demands for legislation to protect women who are threatened under false notions of 'honour'."
Baloch, who called herself a modern day feminist, was described as Pakistan's Kim Kardashian and built a modelling career on the back of her social media fame.
"As women we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other," she told her 758,000 followers on Facebook, days before her death.
Earlier this year Baloch offered to strip if the wildly popular Pakistani cricket team beat arch-rival India.
She also appeared in a music video, gyrating bare legged to an Urdu-language song in high-heels and a see-through top.
Instagram/qandeelbalochofficialQandeel Baloch
Baloch offered to strip if the wildly popular Pakistani cricket team beat arch-rival India
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Baloch called herself a modern day feminist
Prior to her death Baloch spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security for protection. No help was provided and the interior ministry has not commented on her death.
On social media, some celebrated her killing as she had been a "disgrace" to Pakistan's culture.
But many grieved her death, saying she had helped the cause of women in a society where they are often banned from working or even appearing in public in ultra-conservative areas.
"There are far too many people who only know how to respond with violence here," Meesha Shafi, a Pakistani model and actress, said on Twitter.