Saturday 1 October 2016

I don't regret killing her, says reality star's brother

Asim Tanveer

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

Waseem Azeem has readily confessed to killing his sister Qandeel Baloch because of her social media photos
Waseem Azeem has readily confessed to killing his sister Qandeel Baloch because of her social media photos

The brother of Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch insists he has no regrets about strangling her to death for "family honour" because she posted "shameful" pictures on Facebook.

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"Yes, of course I strangled her - I have no regrets," Waseem Azeem told reporters as he was presented to media by police in Pakistan.

Qandeel Baloch
Qandeel Baloch

Ms Baloch, who had become a social media celebrity in recent months, stirred controversy by posting pictures taken with a prominent Muslim cleric.

She was found dead at her family home in the central city of Multan on Saturday.

Azeem said people had taunted him over the photos and that he found the social embarrassment unbearable.

"I was determined either to kill myself or kill her," Azeem said as he was being led away.

He said that even though Ms Baloch was the main breadwinner for the family, he slipped her sedatives the night before and then strangled her in her sleep.

"Money matters, but family honour is more important," Azeem said.

Nearly 1,000 women are murdered in Pakistan each year for violating conservative norms on love and marriage. The so-called 'honour killings' are often carried out by family members.

Such killings are considered murder, but Islamic law in Pakistan allows a murder victim's family to pardon the killer, which often allows those convicted of honour killings to escape punishment.

Regional police chief Sultan Taimuri said authorities would seek the maximum punishment for Azeem.

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