The brother of a murdered Pakistani celebrity, who was arrested earlier on Sunday, said he is “not embarrassed” to have killed her, as Qandeel Baloch’s death reignited polarising calls for action against the “epidemic” of honour killings.
“Yes of course, I strangled her,” Baloch’s brother Muhammad Wasim told reporters at a defiant press conference organised by police in the city of Multan early Sunday.
She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof top,” he continued. “It was around 10.45 pm when I gave her a tablet… and then killed her.
Wasim said he acted alone.
I am not embarrassed at all over what I did, he said. Whatever was the case, it (his sister’s behaviour) was completely intolerable.
Baloch, believed to be in her twenties and whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was killed on Friday night at her family’s home near Multan.
Her brother, arrested a day later after her father filed a police complaint against him for the killing, appeared in court briefly Sunday ahead of another hearing set for Wednesday. Hundreds of women are murdered for “honour” every year in Pakistan. — AFP
She told local media she had received death threats in the wake of the controversy, and that her requests for protection from authorities had been ignored. Initially dismissed as a Kim Kardashian-like figure, she was seen by some as empowered in a country where women have fought for their rights for decades.
In her final Facebook post on 4 July, she wrote how she was trying to “change the typical orthodox mindset of people”, and thanked her supporters for “understanding the message i (sic) try to convey through my bold posts and videos”.
“Qandeel was an extremely astute individual who knew that what she was doing was more than being the most loved bad girl of Pakistan,” columnist and activist Aisha Sarawari told AFP.
Whether you name it honour killing or simple murder, its just an inhumane violence against women which countless ordinary Pakistani women are suffering through.