Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother in Multan on Saturday.
“Qandeel was killed by her brother over honour in Green Town area,” the area’s Regional Police Officer Sultan Azam told The Express Tribune. “It appears that she was strangled to death.
The 25-year-old social media starlet’s parents, who have been taken into custody, confirmed she was strangled to death last night.
“Wasim, 30, killed her last night following an argument,” her parents said. However, they found her body in the morning.
“The brother was also there last night and the family told us he strangled her to death,” Azhar Akram, another senior police official in Multan told AFP, confirming that officials suspected an honour killing.
Police directed immediate arrest of Qandeel’s brother who is now on the run. Meanwhile, Mufti Abdul Qawi, a former member of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, has been nominated in an FIR regarding Qandeel’s murder.
Fauzia Azeem alias Qandeel Baloch recently taken the internet by storm as she shared a couple of selfies and a video of herself with Mufti Qawi. The self-proclaimed model had also ridiculed the cleric on various TV channels after the release of controversial content.
She had fled to Multan but not disclosed her location due to security threats, the official added.
“Qandeel’s brothers had asked her to quit modelling,” family sources said. Her brother had been threatening her about uploading pictures and videos on social media, he added.
It was revealed on Wednesday that Qandeel was once married and even had a young son. Aashiq Hussain of Kot Addu claimed in television interviews that he was once married to Qandeel.
Qandeel admitted she had married once but was divorced. However, both sides gave conflicting accounts of the marriage.
“My husband used to beat me up,” Qandeel had told Express News, adding she had a son with Hussain.
“He never told my child I am his mother. It was a forced marriage.”
“He tortured me day and night during the one year I was married to him,” Qandeel told The Express Tribune. “After a year, I ran away with my son and sought refuge in Darul Aman.”
Hussain, however, claimed that theirs was a love marriage.
“I still have the letters which she wrote with her blood,” he claimed. “She wanted a car and bungalow from me.”
The model belonged to the tribal area of Shah Sadar Din of District Dera Ghazi Khan in south Punjab, and started her career as a bus hostess.
Though she was reviled by many and frequently subjected to misogynist abuse online, Qandeel won praise by a segment of youth for her forthright attitude.