Published On: Tue, Jul 19th, 2016

Qandeel’s parents to be probed in star’s murder investigation

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Qandeel’s parents to be probed in star’s murder investigation

MULTAN: In addition to investigating the role of cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi in the murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch, police will also include the slain celebrity’s parents in the probe.

Qandeel, whose real name was Fozia Azeem, had a large social media fan-base. She frequently posted pictures and videos considered suggestive by religious conservatives, inviting criticism and misogynist abuse online.

Her brother, Muhammad Waseem, drugged Qandeel and strangled her to death on Friday at her Multan residence. He confessed to have killed him over ‘honour’.

According to SHO Muzaffarabad police station, Qandeel’s father, who nominated Waseem and another one of his sons in the FIR, changed his statement thrice.

The autopsy report contradicted the time of murder, as stated by Qandeel’s parents in the FIR.

Father of Qandeel Baloch mourns as he sits in an ambulance carrying the body. PHOTO: AFP

Father of Qandeel Baloch mourns as he sits in an ambulance carrying the body. PHOTO: AFP

The report issued by Multan’s Nishtar Hospital stated the murder happened between 9pm-10pm on Friday while the body was reported to Rescue 1122 Saturday morning around 11am.

But Qandeel’s parents had said their son killed Qandeel between 2am to 3am in the early hours of Saturday.

Waseem, who confessed to killing Qandeel, said he drugged his sister using the same sedatives their father used. He also revealed he had visited their Multan residence at least three times with the intention of killing Qandeel. However, his attempts were foiled as their parents sent him away every time, saying Qandeel was not home.

Mother of social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch mourns alongside her body during her funeral in Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan on July 17, 2016. The brother of a controversial Pakistani social media star has been arrested for her murder, confessing he strangled Qandeel Baloch for "honour", police said.  The killing of Baloch, infamous for selfies and videos that by Western standards would appear tame but were polarising in deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan, has sent a wave of shock and revulsion through the country. / AFP PHOTO / SS MIRZA

Mother of social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch mourns alongside her body during her funeral in Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan on July 17, 2016.
The brother of a controversial Pakistani social media star has been arrested for her murder, confessing he strangled Qandeel Baloch for “honour”, police said. The killing of Baloch, infamous for selfies and videos that by Western standards would appear tame but were polarising in deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan, has sent a wave of shock and revulsion through the country. / AFP PHOTO / SS MIRZA

Furthermore, Qandeel’s mother also accused Qavi of instigating his sons – Shahid, Aashiq and Waseem – against her slain daughter.

Inclusion of Section 311

Police have added Section 311 in the FIR after initial investigations. The state has become a complainant in Qandeel’s murder, making it impossible for Qandeel’s family to pardon those involved in her murder.

Waseem, the prime suspect in the murder case, is being held under physical remand at Muzaffarabad police station for three days.

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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