Mufti Qavi granted bail in Qan­deel mur­der case

The Gulf Today - - Asia - BY TARIQ BUTT

ISLAMABAD: Mufti Ab­dul Qavi, who faces charges of in­volve­ment in the­mur­derof­mod­e­landac­torqan­deel Baloch granted bail by a Mul­tan court on Tues­day.

District and Ses­sions Judge Ameer Mo­ham­mad Khan bailed him out on a Rs200,000 (Dh1 is equal to Pak Rs28) surety af­ter lis­ten­ing to the ar­gu­ment of his coun­sel, Ak­bar Bhutta. Azeem, Qan­deel’s fa­ther,wasal­so­p­resent­dur­ingth­e­hear­ing.

Bhutta later told re­porters that his client would be re­leased any time af­ter the ac­cep­tance of his bail plea.

Qan­deel was stran­gled to death by her brother Muham­mad Waseem and cousin Haq Nawaz in the name of “hon­our” in July last year, weeks af­ter post­ing selies with Qavi on so­cial me­dia.

Qavi was ar­rested last month af­ter a court re­jected ex­ten­sion to his pre-ar­rest bail. The po­lice de­clared Qavi as a sus­pect in the case at the re­quest of Azeem.

Azeem al­leged that his daugh­ter was killed on Qavi’s orders and that the cleric had of­fered him money to drop charges against him.

Qan­deel was found stran­gled to death in her house in Mul­tan’s Karimabad area on July 16, 2016. At that time, her fa­ther had­claimedthat­she­waskilled­by­waseem, her younger brother.

Waseem was ar­rested by the po­lice in Dera Ghazi Khan later that night and con­fessed to killing her sis­ter in the name of “hon­our.” Waseem con­fessed to have drugged and stran­gled her.

Two more ac­cused in the case, taxi driver Ba­sit and As­lam Sha­heen, an­other brother of the de­ceased, are on bail, while Arif,yetan­oth­er­ac­cused,had­been­de­clared a pro­claimed of­fender.

Qan­deel’sselieswith­qavi­wentvi­ralon so­cial me­dia, caus­ing a na­tion­wide furore, af­ter which the cleric’s mem­ber­ship of the Ruet-e-hi­lal Com­mit­tee and the Na­tional Ulema Mushaikh Coun­cil was sus­pended.

Mufti Ab­dul Qavi

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