Arshi Khan today tweeted that Pakistani social media sensation Qandeel Baloch who was murdered by her own brothers may never get justice and her killers may eventually walk free. Arshi Khan says she has made her statement on the very slow legal process in Pakistan with the prosecution not keen on following up with the case.
The prosecution has left many loopholes in the case, which the defense can exploit, making it easier for the culprits to eventually walk free after the trial, Arshi Khan explained.
The brother of murdered Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was formally indicted in connection with her death, but with her father who was the complainant in the case backing out, the case may fall flat. While the court ordered a fresh case under section 213 of the Pakistan Criminal code be filed against her father, it remains to be seen if the Pakistan goverment will hand out the maximum punishment for an honour killing
Waseem Baloch and three others were also charged by a court in Multan, police investigator Atiya Jafri told media persons last year.
When arrested in July last year soon after the murder, he publicly confessed to strangling his 26-year-old sister for bringing “dishonour” to the family.
Qandeel Baloch was well known for bold and risque social media posts. She divided opinion in socially conservative Pakistan, and had expressed fears for her life as a result. She was however the breadwinner for the family and her family depended on her earnings financially. She had bought a house for her elderly parents in Multan and even financed her brother’s mobile shop – ironically, it was the same brother who killed her in what he termed was an honour killing.
Waseem Baloch and Qandeel Baloch’s cousin, Haq Nawaz, have been charged with murder. Two other men, including a taxi driver, have been charged with conspiracy to murder and facilitation, Jafri said.
One of them, Mr Nawaz’s brother-in-law Zafar Zain Khosa, left for the Middle East after being granted bail, she added. He is being sought by police and is now absconding.
All three men present in court denied the charges, Multan city district public prosecutor Jam Salahuddin said.
Fouzia Azeem better known by the name Qandeel Baloch was a Pakistani model, actress, woman’s rights activist and social media celebrity. Baloch rose to prominence due to her videos on social networks discussing her daily routine and various controversial issues.