Pakistani Kim Kardashian strangled by her brother for posting raunchy clips and photos’

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A Pakistani social media celebrity whose raunchy selfies sparked outrage in the Muslim country has allegedly been strangled by her brother in an ‘honour killing’.

Qandeel Baloch, 26, who was condemned by conservatives, was found dead near the city of Multan where she was visiting her parents during Eid on Friday, police chiefs said.

Police suspect Miss Baloch’s brother Waseem of killing the model and said he is on the run. He had allegedly been threatening her to stop posting photos and videos on Facebook.

 

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The model’s brother Waseem had allegedly been threatening her to stop posting photos and videos on Facebook and is now on the run

A Pakistani social media celebrity whose raunchy selfies sparked outrage in the Muslim country has allegedly been strangled by her brother in an ‘honour killing’.

Qandeel Baloch, 26, who was condemned by conservatives, was found dead near the city of Multan where she was visiting her parents during Eid on Friday, police chiefs said.

Police suspect Miss Baloch’s brother Waseem of killing the model and said he is on the run. He had allegedly been threatening her to stop posting photos and videos on Facebook.

‘The brother was also there last night and the family told us that he strangled her to death,’ Azhar Akram, another senior police official in Multan told AFP. 

Up to 100 officers were gathered outside her family’s home in Muzzafarabad, preventing neighbours from gathering. Five ambulances were also parked nearby.

The model shared hundreds of videos of her dancing in minimal clothing with her 123,000 Instagram followers. 

Hundreds of women are murdered for ‘honour’ every year in Pakistan. The killers overwhelmingly walk free because of a law that allows the family of the victim to forgive the murderer – who is often also a relative. 

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Up to 100 officers were gathered outside her family’s home in Muzzafarabad, preventing neighbours from gathering. Five ambulances were also parked nearby

 

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Up to 100 officers were gathered outside her family’s home in Muzzafarabad, preventing neighbours from gathering. Five ambulances were also parked nearby

Last month, Miss Baloch hit headlines when she posted selfies with the Muslim cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi.

The pictures showed Baloch wearing her traditional lamb’s wool cap as she posed next to the cleric. Qavi later said Baloch had asked him for a meeting and they met in a hotel. 

A video showed Qavi saying he would advise her on religious matters while she tried to sit on his lap.

News of the murder was trending on social media in Pakistan, with liberal users calling for action, but some conservatives – including users identified as women – condemning Baloch’s relentless self-promotion.

In one typical comment, Twitter user @JiaAli wrote: ‘Someone had to do it. She was a disgrace.’

But Facebook user Zaair Hussain said: ‘RIP Qandeel Baloch. You made us laugh, and you made us applaud… I think history will remember you as a provocateur, a living exhibit, a larger than life role – just as you would want to be remembered.’ 

Sharmilla Faruqi wrote on Twitter: ‘She didn’t conform to the norm, outspoken and unapologetic, silenced forever. Shocked and saddened at #Qandeel Baloch’s murder’.

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Miss Baloch shot to fame in Pakistan in 2014 after a video of her pouting at the camera and asking ‘How em looking?’ went viral.

Her defiance of tradition and defence of liberal views won her many admirers among Pakistan’s overwhelmingly young population.

But in a country where women have fought for rights for decades, and acid attacks and honour killings remain commonplace, she was also reviled by many and frequently subject to misogynist abuse online.

Miss Baloch provoked controversy last month after posing for selfies with a high-profile cleric, who was sternly rebuked by the country’s religious affairs ministry.

On Valentine’s Day, she donned a plunging scarlet dress and posted a video message defying the country’s president, who had issued a stern warning against the ‘Western’ celebration. The post garnered more than 70,000 ‘likes’.

‘People are going crazy – especially girls. I get so many calls where they tell me I’m their inspiration and they want to be like me,’ she told AFP at the time.

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Last month, Miss Baloch hit headlines when she posted selfies with the Muslim cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi

 

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Miss Baloch shot to fame in Pakistan in 2014 after a video of her pouting at the camera and asking ‘How em looking?’ went viral

She had reportedly spoken of leaving the country after Eid out of fear for her safety.

Filmmaker Sharmeemn Obaid-Chinoy, whose documentary on honour killings won an Oscar earlier this year, slammed Baloch’s murder as symptomatic of an ‘epidemic’ of violence against women in Pakistan. 

Mr Obaid-Chinoy said the murder would make women feel less safe.

‘There is not a single day where you don’t pick up a paper and see a woman hasn’t been killed,’ the maker of ‘A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’ told AFP.

‘What is frightening is this is an epidemic… I really feel that no woman is safe in this country, until we start making examples of people, until we start sending men who kill women to jail.’

Obaid-Chinoy’s film was hailed by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who in February vowed to push through anti-honour killing legislation.

No action has been taken since then, despite a fresh wave of attacks on women recently that has been roundly condemned by activists.

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