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Pakistani Social Media Star Killed For Defying the Norm

Pakistani Social Media Star Killed For Defying the Norm

Qandeel Baloch, a popular Pakistani social media star, has been murdered by her own brother in a so-called “honor killing.”

The 25 year old star was strangled to death by her 30 year old brother, Wasim, after they got into an argument on Saturday night.

Baloch’s father called his daughter “brave” and said he would not forget or forgive her brutal murder.

Image from Dawn

Qandeel Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was known for posting controversial and provocative videos on her Facebook page that attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers. 

Baloch recently attracted significant media coverage after posting pictures on Instagram with Mufti Abdul Qawi, a senior member of the Pakistani clergy. The two had very different stories about their meeting but Mufti Qawi was eventually revoked of his membership of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee following this scandal.

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Baloch had been receiving death threats from various sources. She officially requested security from the interior ministry, but after receiving no response, she announced that she will soon be leaving Pakistan.

She was found dead in her family home in Multan in the province of Punjab where she had been seeking refuge until she was able to leave the country. Baloch’s family told the police that her brother had strangled her to death.

Her brother was found by the police later on Saturday. He appeared at a press conference with his face covered, admitting to the murder done in the name of “honor” and stating that he had “no regrets.”

While the news of her murder attracted some heinous comments by people who said she “deserved it” and “brought shame to her family,” most Pakistanis expressed their outrage at Baloch’s murder.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a Pakistani filmmaker and activist who won an Oscar for her documentary A Girl in The River: The Price of Forgiveness on honor killings in Pakistan, has been pushing the government to pass the Anti-Honour Killing Bill in order to tackle this cultural problem that she considers to be an “epidemic.”

She tweeted:

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Numerous other celebrities and politicians took it to social media to condemn Baloch’s murder. Several vigils were also held around the country to remember Baloch and to condemn honor killings in Pakistan.

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According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), more than 1276 incidents of honor killings were reported between February 2014 and February 2016.

An F.I.R. was filed in only 400 of these cases.

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Pakistan’s fight against these types of murders continues, but there is a lot that needs to be done in all avenues of Pakistani society to crush the misogynistic, patriarchal culture that breeds this sort of intolerance and violence. Concrete changes in the judicial system of the country are also needed to ensure that people are protected from these so-called “honor killings.”

Pakistan’s fight against these types of murders continues, but there is a lot that needs to be done in all avenues of Pakistani society to crush the misogynistic, patriarchal culture that breeds this sort of intolerance and violence. 

Qandeel Baloch isn’t the first victim of these senseless killings, but hopefully she’ll be the last.

On her official Facebook page, she wrote:

“As a women we must stand up for ourselves…As a women we must stand up for each other…As a women we must stand up for justice

I believe I am a modern day feminist. I believe in equality. I need not to choose what type of women should be. I don’t think there is any need to label ourselves just for sake of society. I am just a women with free thoughts free mindset and I LOVE THE WAY I AM. :)”

May God’s Light and peace reach you, Qandeel.

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    • and what her brother did was unislamic as well by killing her. true what she did was unislamic but it does not justify murdering her.

    • “What she did was unIslamic. Acting indecent and dressing suggestively should not be rewarded. I do not grieve for her loss.”
      Does that deserve the death penalty? The story presented here is incomplete, incorrect, has an unIslamic slanderous slant to it. Further, the writer here is shamelessly using the dead to project her Hijabi feminist agenda. I dare say she will be found wanting in comparison with Qandeel in all aspects of character and personality: In courage, compassion, intelligence, wisdom, determination, endurance, humanity, generosity and yes in piety, chastity and inherent innocence that was Qandeel’s under duress. In fact I have no hesitation to say that there is NO contest. Qandeel was an angel in comparison to Khalood Kiberia the writer of this slanderous exploitative diatribe who is but little more than a parasite on society and probable does worse in secret than Quandeel did out in the open. She also needs to take basic/remedial English writing, composition and journalism classes.
      Her presentation is slanted to that end. Her exploitation of a brave courageous generous kind person is unIslamic. Against the teaching of Prophet Muhammad and Allah’s Command in the Qur’an. These Hijabis don’t read it as they are too busy slutting away behind their Hijabs and secret rendezvous and motel rooms.
      Whatever Quandeel did or did not do does NOT deserve the death penalty in Islam or in any society for that matter, except in come corners of primitive tribal society. None in Islam whatsoever. Her provocative stance was nothing compared to what Hijabi sluts and hypocrites in the US and Saudi wear and do. Now that is indeed unIslamic and hypocritical.
      And how is a tribal murder having many vying motives a honor killing? How is there honor in killing/ How does the murder of a woman after poisoning and suffocation her in the house she bought for her parents by the person whose marriage she was arranging and financing amount to honor killing?.
      A Muslim, most human beings grieve for the dead. Muslims pray for the departed soul. MuhammadPBUH did.
      I close with this message for you:
      “…any man’s death diminishes me – for I am involved in mankind – and
      therefore never ask, send to know for whom the bells tolls; for it tolls for
      thee.”

    • You don’t have to agree with what she did or said, but as the others have said, she didn’t deserve death. And yes, her brother is a murdered, which is among the most grave sins, so he looks much worse between the two. As far as I know, she was not hurting anyone and just living her life the way she wanted to, even if it was not one that we could/want to endorse or condone.
      Only dishonor to the family is the brother. I would feel sick to my stomach knowing someone in my family killed someone unjustly (not for self defense etc) rather than someone who was just on the liberal side of things – who could potentially change.

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