Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch died with her blood on her brother’s hands. She is confirmed to have been killed by her own brother for not following their social norms.
The 26-year-old Qandeel Baloch was drugged and strangled by her brother Waseem Azeem last July 16, in what he called as “honor killing.” This is admitted by Azeem himself.
A BBC report said that Waseem Azeem confessed that he killed his sister as a punishment for violating the conservative norms of Pakistani women. The report said that hundreds of women are also being killed each year for violating such traditions.
“Yes, of course I strangled her,” Waseen Azeem said in a press conference, as reported by The Express Tribune, seemingly proud of what he did. “She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof top. It was around 10:45 p.m. when I gave her a tablet … and then I killed her.”
Qandeel Baloch created uproar in the Muslim community when she posted pictures of her with a prominent Muslim cleric, People said.
“After the videos with Mufti Abdul Qavi had gone viral on social media, I planned to murder her and was only waiting for the best moment,” he said. The suspect reportedly showed no remorse of killing his sister.
Qandeel Baloch was found dead in her family home last Saturday.
He added that Qandeel Baloch’s murder is better that suicide, as her death gave relief to the whole family.
“Girls are born only to stay at home and to bring honor to the family by following family traditions but Qandeel had never done that,” he said. “Murdering her was better than committing suicide so I went with the former plan.”
She is also known for her non-tradition and feminist ideals, which the Muslim conservatives took serious offense.