Qandeel Baloch honour killing: A look at a 'controversial' life cut short

15-Jul-2017
  • <p>Qandeel Baloch, described as Pakistan&rsquo;s 'Kim Kardashian', who had over 750,000 followers on Facebook alone, was murdered by her brother in what was described as an 'honor killing' on July 15, 2016.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch, described as Pakistan’s 'Kim Kardashian', who had over 750,000 followers on Facebook alone, was murdered by her brother in what was described as an 'honor killing' on July 15, 2016.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch gained <span>notoriety&nbsp;</span>with her selfies and videos and promising Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi a striptease if he defeated India in their World Twenty20 clash on March 19, 2016, in Kolkata. <span style="color: #ff0000;">(<strong><a href="http://www.mid-day.com/videos/wt20-pak-model-to-do-strip-dance-if-pakistan-beats-india/756627" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">WATCH VIDEO</span></a></strong>)</span></p>

    Qandeel Baloch gained notoriety with her selfies and videos and promising Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi a striptease if he defeated India in their World Twenty20 clash on March 19, 2016, in Kolkata. (WATCH VIDEO)

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch had received death threats just before her murder over her provocative photos and videos.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch had received death threats just before her murder over her provocative photos and videos.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch, was born Fauzia Azeem, and hailed from the small Pakistani village of Shah Saddardin in Punjab province.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch, was born Fauzia Azeem, and hailed from the small Pakistani village of Shah Saddardin in Punjab province.

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  • <p>Known as Pakistan's first female social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch was born in a working class rural family.</p>

    Known as Pakistan's first female social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch was born in a working class rural family.

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  • <p>She was one of 12 siblings. She had walked out of an abusive marriage, had a child and at the time of her death, according to her father,</p>

    She was one of 12 siblings. She had walked out of an abusive marriage, had a child and at the time of her death, according to her father,

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  • <p><span>Muhammed Waseem, the&nbsp;</span>brother of Pakistani model and actress Qandeel Baloch, confessed that he drugged and then strangled his sister in the name of "honour".</p>

    Muhammed Waseem, the brother of Pakistani model and actress Qandeel Baloch, confessed that he drugged and then strangled his sister in the name of "honour".

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  • <p>Muhammed Waseem, the&nbsp;brother of Pakistani model and actress Qandeel Baloch, had said, "She brought dishonour to the Baloch name," due to risqu&eacute; videos and statements that she posted on social media.</p>

    Muhammed Waseem, the brother of Pakistani model and actress Qandeel Baloch, had said, "She brought dishonour to the Baloch name," due to risqué videos and statements that she posted on social media.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch's murder was investigated by a female police officer -- Attiya Jaffri -- a 52-year-old policewomen who had never headed a homicide investigation before.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch's murder was investigated by a female police officer -- Attiya Jaffri -- a 52-year-old policewomen who had never headed a homicide investigation before.

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  • <p>26-year-old Qandeel Baloch was strangled to death in her house in Multan's Karimabad area in the early hours of of July 15th. Baloch&rsquo;s father had lodged the FIR and named his two sons for killing her in Multan where she had come from Karachi to live with her parents on the occasion of Eid. The father alleged that Waseem had taken this extreme step at the behest of his brother Mohammad Aslam Shaheen.</p>

    26-year-old Qandeel Baloch was strangled to death in her house in Multan's Karimabad area in the early hours of of July 15th. Baloch’s father had lodged the FIR and named his two sons for killing her in Multan where she had come from Karachi to live with her parents on the occasion of Eid. The father alleged that Waseem had taken this extreme step at the behest of his brother Mohammad Aslam Shaheen.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch had expressed her desire many times to marry ex-cricketer and opposition politician Imran Khan.&nbsp;</p>

    Qandeel Baloch had expressed her desire many times to marry ex-cricketer and opposition politician Imran Khan. 

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch's controversial pictures recently led to the suspension of Mufti Qawi's membership from the Ruet-e-Hilal committee.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch's controversial pictures recently led to the suspension of Mufti Qawi's membership from the Ruet-e-Hilal committee.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch first received recognition from the media in 2013, when she auditioned for Pakistan Idol; her audition went viral and she became an Internet celebrity.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch first received recognition from the media in 2013, when she auditioned for Pakistan Idol; her audition went viral and she became an Internet celebrity.

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  • <p>She was one of the top 10 most searched for persons on the internet in Pakistan and both celebrated and criticised for the sexual content of her videos and posts.</p>

    She was one of the top 10 most searched for persons on the internet in Pakistan and both celebrated and criticised for the sexual content of her videos and posts.

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  • <p>Born on March 1, 1990, Qandeel Baloch's first job was as a bus hostess.</p>

    Born on March 1, 1990, Qandeel Baloch's first job was as a bus hostess.

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  • <p>The week before she died, Qandeel Baloch released a music video entitled Ban, which mocked the restrictions placed on women in the country.</p>

    The week before she died, Qandeel Baloch released a music video entitled Ban, which mocked the restrictions placed on women in the country.

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  • <p>In an interview, Qandeel Baloch named Sunny Leone, Rakhi Sawant and Poonam Pandey as her inspirations.</p>

    In an interview, Qandeel Baloch named Sunny Leone, Rakhi Sawant and Poonam Pandey as her inspirations.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch had claimed that she had an abusive marriage and had walked out because of that.&nbsp;</p>

    Qandeel Baloch had claimed that she had an abusive marriage and had walked out because of that. 

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch married Ashiq Hussain in 2008, aged 17, and had one son with him. Baloch left her husband a year later.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch married Ashiq Hussain in 2008, aged 17, and had one son with him. Baloch left her husband a year later.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch's death was first reported as a shooting, but an autopsy report confirmed that shehad been murdered by asphyxiation while she was asleep.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch's death was first reported as a shooting, but an autopsy report confirmed that shehad been murdered by asphyxiation while she was asleep.

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  • <p>The Facebook page and Instagram account of Qandeel Baloch was deleted after her death.</p>

    The Facebook page and Instagram account of Qandeel Baloch was deleted after her death.

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  • <p>Mufti Abdul Qavi's name was mentioned in First Information Report (FIR) in an application of Qandeel's father Azeem.</p>

    Mufti Abdul Qavi's name was mentioned in First Information Report (FIR) in an application of Qandeel's father Azeem.

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  • <p>Some weeks before her death, Qandeel Baloch had posted photographs of herself with a well-known Muslim cleric, Mufti Abdul Qavi, which attracted much attention on social media.</p>

    Some weeks before her death, Qandeel Baloch had posted photographs of herself with a well-known Muslim cleric, Mufti Abdul Qavi, which attracted much attention on social media.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch's killing put the spotlight back on honor killings in Pakistan.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch's killing put the spotlight back on honor killings in Pakistan.

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  • <p>Qandeel Baloch described herself as a proponent of 'girl power" and spoke of changing "the typical orthodox mindset" of Pakistani society.</p>

    Qandeel Baloch described herself as a proponent of 'girl power" and spoke of changing "the typical orthodox mindset" of Pakistani society.

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  • <p>Just a couple of days before her death, Qandeel Baloch had posted on Facebook, "<span>I believe I am a modern day feminist. I believe in equality."</span></p>

    Just a couple of days before her death, Qandeel Baloch had posted on Facebook, "I believe I am a modern day feminist. I believe in equality."

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  • <p>Pakistan's social media celebrity, who was also a victim of honour killing, Qandeel Baloch's funeral was conducted in her home town Shah Sadar Din village, about 150 kms from Multan.</p>

    Pakistan's social media celebrity, who was also a victim of honour killing, Qandeel Baloch's funeral was conducted in her home town Shah Sadar Din village, about 150 kms from Multan.

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  • <p><span>Qandeel Baloch defied the conventions of a deeply conservative Pakistani society to gain fame, but she was reviled by many in the country for being crass and vulgar</span></p>

    Qandeel Baloch defied the conventions of a deeply conservative Pakistani society to gain fame, but she was reviled by many in the country for being crass and vulgar

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  • <p>In mid-2017, a biopic telefilm titled 'Baaghi' based on Qandeel Baloch's life was released, which had Pakistani actress Saba Qamar playing her.</p>

    In mid-2017, a biopic telefilm titled 'Baaghi' based on Qandeel Baloch's life was released, which had Pakistani actress Saba Qamar playing her.

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  • <p>The parents of slain social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch have said they would not pardon their son for killing his sister in the name of "honour" and wish he is sent to the gallows for the "cold blooded" murder.</p>

    The parents of slain social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch have said they would not pardon their son for killing his sister in the name of "honour" and wish he is sent to the gallows for the "cold blooded" murder.

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