Late Qandeel Brother Waseem Confession Before Police
Baloch’s brother had allegedly told her to end her social media activity, which had won her legions of fans, but left many dismayed. She shot to national attention in March when she released a video promising to perform a “striptease” if the Pakistani cricket team won the world Twenty20 cricket championships.
Although Pakistan did not win, she still danced on camera, saying the performance was in honour of the victorious Indian team. She was unapologetic about upsetting conservatives in the Muslim-majority state, where radical forms of Islam have grown in popularity in recent years.
She recently described herself as an “inspiration to ladies who are treated badly”.
Last month, Baloch was embroiled in another controversy when a leading cleric was suspended from his role in an official “moon-sighting” committee after his appearance with the model in selfies she posted online.
The pictures showed Baloch wearing Mufti Abdul Qavi’s traditional lamb’s wool cap as she posed next to the cleric. Qavi later said Baloch had asked him for a meeting and they had met in a hotel. A video of the encounter showed Qavi promising to advise her on religious matters while she tried to sit on his lap.
She had recently demanded that the government provide her with security after receiving death threats, but no help was given. She told the media she was considering moving abroad with her parents as she did not feel safe.
In one of her last interviews, she talked about being forced to get married against her will at the age of 17 to an uneducated man, whom she described as “an animal”. “I said: ‘No, I don’t want to spend my life this way.’ I was not made for this. It was my wish since I was a child to become something, to be able to stand on my own two feet, to do something for myself.”
The killing of women by relatives who feel their family has been dishonoured is a widespread problem in the country. The Pakistan Human Rights Commission estimates that more than 3,000 women were killed in “honour” cases between 2008 and 2014. The Aurat Foundation, another rights group, put the figure even higher, claiming that about 1,000 women a year were killed.