Brother murders Pak social media starlet to protect family’s pride
Starlet Qandeel Baloch, who became an internet sensation with a series of racy videos that shocked conservative Pakistanis, was murdered allegedly by her brother to protect the family’s pride, police said on Saturday.
The killing focussed attention on the phenomenon of “honour killings” that has claimed hundreds of lives across Pakistan. The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has reported nearly 1,100 women were killed in 2015 by relatives who believed they had dishonoured their families.
Police said Qandeel’s brother Waseem Baloch allegedly strangled her to death after an argument at Multan in Punjab province. Waseem, who acted to “protect the family honour”, was on the run, police said. The 25-year-old’s parents, who were also taken into custody, said she was strangled on Friday night. The body was found on Saturday morning, police official Azhar Akram said.