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Pakistani Social Media Star Qandeel Baloch Allegedly Strangled to Death by Brother in “Honour Killing”

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Qandeel Baloch

Qandeel Baloch, born Fouzia Azeem

One of Pakistani’s famous and controversial social media stars and model Qandeel Baloch has been allegedly strangled to death by her brother, CNN reports.

According to the report, the police described the incident as “honour killing”, adding that her brother had protested at the “kind of pictures she had been posting online” prior to her death.

The unfortunate incident which took place in the city of Multan in the country’s province of Punjab, was reported to the police by Baloch’s father, Muhammad Azeem.

Born on March 1st 1990, the deceased whose real name was Fouzia Azeem, gained popularity by posting bold, sassy, and controversial photos, videos, and comments on social media.

She reportedly used the “Qandeel Baloch” name and moved to Punjab from Karachi “for security reasons”.

Qandeel Baloch1

Baloch called herself as a leading exponent of girl power and a “modern day feminist”. She was dubbed Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian.

A senior member of clergy in Pakistan, Mufti Abdul Qavi, was suspended from his post on one of Pakistan’s religious committee after a photo of him and Baloch went viral, causing media outbursts.

Qandeel Baloch and Qavi

Qandeel Baloch and Abdul Qavi

Every year, hundreds of women are murdered in Pakistan in so-called honour killing cases. They are criticised for being “immodest” and bringing “dishonour” to their family name.

Photo Credit: Instagram – @Qandeelbalochquebee

 

37 Comments

  1. Passerby

    July 16, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    All these bad cultural practices need to be addressed. It’s 2016 for crying out loud. 1400 years ago in pre Islam era, female born babies were buried alive….1400 years later, so called Muslims are killing their women…..human beings keep polluting and disobeying Gods law and yet they claim they worship him…what an insult.

    • Damilola

      July 16, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      I guess, this is the religion of peace and moral dressing for women that they preach. Islam claim to peace was hundreds years ago but now it’s a violent, destructive and evil religion. They can deny it all they want, they can pretend all they want the followers are in so much bondage who live in fear.
      BN, hundreds of Muslims violently attacked a Catholic Church. Christians are killed blatantly in the north. Muslim Northerners are becoming very forward with their intention. And Buhari is yet to speak to condemn it.

    • Ignorance

      July 17, 2016 at 1:01 am

      Oh please, it’s ignorant to judge about 2 billion Muslims in the world based on the actions of a few! I know plenty of Muslims who don’t think it’s ok to be violent and kill people! Even the Quran speaks against this! People having a Muslim name and background does not mean they practice the teachings of Islam. Take your time to actually read before making ignorant comments!

    • lacey

      July 17, 2016 at 3:08 am

      Islam is a religion of satan! John10:10 the devil comes to steal,kill and destroy! Any religion that loves taking innocent blood is of the devil!he loves blood sacrifice while Jesus Christ gave his blood for us mankind!

    • Naijatalk

      July 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      @ ignorance, Yardieyada, balderdash, we will believe when Muslims help us believe

    • Eyong

      July 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Lol, and yet you guys carry bible and go to church every Sunday while the Religion is known to be the most blood drenched in recorded history.

    • Damilola

      July 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      @ignorance

      You are the ignorant one. You can deceive yourself all you want but not me. Gone are those days when Muslims will be lying about being peaceful while murdering others(including other Muslims) and justify it. Then others will fall for it. All Muslims share the same belief of Christ not being son of God but just a prophet. Most Muslims are against western beliefs. There’s also conflict among Muslims of who is the real Muslim and who’s not. This is the root of the attacks. The quaran speaks of not tolerating non Muslims, so you can choose to ignore that part but doesn’t take away from truth. Yeah, Muslims pretend not to support violence but they all believe in jihad war. They believe Christians hate them.
      They believe they have to fight against western beliefs.

    • Tee

      July 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Stop hating for the sake of humanity!

      Honor killings has nothing to do with religion but is “part of a social issue that is deeply rooted in the eastern societies.it happens among Christian minorities in Arab countries as well as among the Sikh community in India and among their respective immigrant communities in the West.They appear to be non-existent in some Muslim-dominate countries, such as Oman, and less frequent in others, such as Algeria and Tunisia.but in most of these places public opinion remains much more conservative when it comes to gender equality and sexual liberalization.Do you know that even in the bible honor killing is sanctioned here:-

      “For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.”
      (Leviticus 20:9)

      “And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire.”

      (Lev 21:9)

      “And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
      (Exodus 21:17)

      these clearly sanctions honor killing, but the people that give us the religion know that in this day and age it is barbaric to carry out such dictat and so they have put into their laws certain edits that prohibits such acts.

      Every religion has its own peculiarity and one should be careful not to inflame others in an attempt to claim moral high ground.

      Please enlighten yourselves and don’t let your religion cloud your judgement (fanaticism).
      For your own sake and sake of Nigeria please stop hating!

      “hatred eats the soul of the hater not the hated”
      A H Sommer

  2. xplorenollywood.com

    July 16, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Well said! But if these things aren’t accepted, please move out of that country na! Such a pretty lady, don’t even get how a brother will his sibling n still be okay?

  3. Marie

    July 16, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Na wa ooo. …Is dis Wat Islam preaches???…
    Can’t people be free to practice Wat dey wish…leave judgement for God…..Isn’t he the supreme one. ….Am tired of this Nonsense

  4. Marlvina

    July 16, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Who gave them the rights to snuff out life from any human? Sighs!

  5. seyi

    July 16, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    If he can do.that to his sister imagine what he would do to foreigners? Later they will say religion of peace.

  6. Ethio

    July 16, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    when i call islam an ensemble of raving madness it will look like I’m being hateful, it’s the truth!. I’m short of words, they attacked a Catholic church in suleja after indoctrination by their leaders this particular religion is the world’s problem

    • CulturenotReligion

      July 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Please read AceOfSpades comment

  7. AceOfSpades

    July 17, 2016 at 12:16 am

    You people should not just castigate Islam like that. The brother that killed her is in police custody and will be prosecuted for this crime. It’s not like people are praising the guy for kill her now!

    No one buried girls alive. You people should fear God with your assumptions o. Do we not see Christians gone renegade too? And the girl knowing how violent her people are should have gone to a safer country. I’m sure she’d get visa by asylum quick.

    • mie

      July 17, 2016 at 1:40 am

      abi. was the father who reported not Muslim as well? The brother was just mad, stark raving just like a whole lot of others who use religion and science and basically anything to commit crimes. i am not muslim, but i see how the actions of one or few bad ones can quickly be attributed to all. although, it wold be ideal if the good ones (speaking generally now) could come out and condemn the actions of bad, and do so vehemently.

    • "changing moniker"

      July 17, 2016 at 3:03 am

      I wonder if you also believe 16 virgins await you if you kill others.
      Know the Truth and the truth shall set you free.

    • TEE

      July 17, 2016 at 4:44 am

      I think not castigating Muslims and come of their beliefs has been the problem.

      There is obviously a mindset problem and it must be condemned , maybe not the religion itself but instead of fellow Muslims condemn opening these acts they try to defend Islam.

      Do the world a favor work on the mindset of your brothers ,sons ,friends husbands and even wives. Islam is no longer a religion of peace it’s now only claiming to be a religion of peace .

      If you want the world to trust you again, condemn these acts and campaign to have mindsets changed.

      African Americans were taken as slaves ,they don’t go about killing Portuguese and Americans . Jews don’t kill Germans when they met so why are your Muslim brothers so violent against those who don’t do their bidding?

    • Brave

      July 17, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Are you confusing between Islam and Muslims? There is a difference. The article clearly states that it is a cultural issue where families feel they bring shame and dishonor to their families. If only people can read clearly and understand.

    • Moyo

      July 17, 2016 at 4:46 am

      Please can you give examples of such Christians and how many Muslims they have killed compared to how Muslims have been killing Christians

  8. Felinda

    July 17, 2016 at 1:20 am

    this stupid religion called Islam

    • CulturenotReligion

      July 17, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Did Christianity teach you to go about insulting other peoples beliefs? Especially doing do ignorantly? I am sure it doesn’t beause I have Christian friends. They dont behave disrespectful and ignorant

  9. "changing moniker"

    July 17, 2016 at 3:02 am

    I wonder if you also believe 16 virgins await you if you kill others…….
    Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

  10. thisisbarbaric

    July 17, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Islam is a religion of peace… Indeed. If I don’t have qualms about killing my own sibling na another person I go bait eyelid for? Every terrorist is a muslim but not every muslim is a terrorist. The sad thing is, as christians we don’t love ourselves enough. Our various churches have been our greatest problem.

    • Brave

      July 17, 2016 at 10:27 am

      One case out of many, Ander Behrin Breivic was a Christian terrorists, so before jumping bandwagon know the facts! If you disclaim is act from the majority of Christians do the same for Muslims.

    • Fisayo

      July 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      But did he do it in the name of Christ?

      That is the fundamental difference. The Christians committing atrocities do not shout “Christ is King” while killing. Unlike your terrorists that boastfully kill in the name of your god shouting…well…you know what they shout.

  11. Ubuntu

    July 17, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Before you all start slamming Islam. Honour killing has nothing to do with Islam. It is a cultural practice within that region. It is also carried out in India & Bangladesh. and by Hindus too. Please read it up before coming on BN to denigrate one’s beliefs.

  12. AceOfSpades

    July 17, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Have you noticed that when a woman cheats on her husband/boyfriend, people don’t see that particular woman cheating. They see all women as cheat(s). Same thing goes for success, a woman fails at a leadership position and people go like ‘women can’t lead…they are fragile….they are too emotional to lead et al’ but we all know that out there are lots of women who are good examples of leaders. Now relate it to Islam and violence.

    Apart from this, how many violent Yoruba Muslims or Ibo Muslim (I know a few) have you seen? If all this stories are basically from North and all those Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine region, does that not tell us this has to do with region or culture? That area has been violent since bible days. Look at the story of the harlot woman who was to be stoned before Jesus helped her and then the Pharisees and so many violent things in this same area! In Europe and America and Canada, how many of such cases do you hear of? Some of this people can’t even recite Al-Fathia which even Christians know.

    I am not a Muslim by the way but if you call Muslims my brothers you are right they are. I am not a Christian also. I just believe in God and believe in peace.

  13. Marie

    July 17, 2016 at 8:37 am

    “Honour Killing is a cultural practice my foot”……wen ur book commands anybody to kill anyone dat chooses to leaves Islam (apostasy) ….Wat do we call that???..

  14. CulturenotReligion

    July 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Honour killing is CULTURAL!!!! A lot of Pakistanis have mixed culture and religion together. I have a lot of Pakistani friends and they themselves have told me about culture! They force their children to marry, fight their girls for going out and things like that. If honour killing was part of Islam, why haven’t we heard about them in Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Malyasia, Indonesia an the list goes on. Even those that aren’t Muslims so this for example the Hindus in Bangladesh.

    People should learn to think and reason constructively.

    • Naijatalk

      July 17, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      We just haven’t heard about the ones going on in the countries you listed; the narrative is still somewhat suppressed; the media is controlled, please prove me wrong. A form of honor killing is practised in Islam, one where a family member who leaves the faith, or marries outside the faith is killed,again prove me wrong; evidences abound. Islam is not innocent.

    • Naijatalk

      July 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      jihadwatch.org/2015/09/germany-muslim-strangles-daughter-to-death-in-honor-killing-after-she-was-caught-stealing-condoms
      washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/05/28/in-pakistan-honor-killings-claim-1000-womens-lives-annually-why-is-this-still-happening/

  15. hezekina pollutina

    July 17, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I have no religious preference, I respect all religious practices, I do not tolerate bigotry. Religion is a language, a method and practice, one is free to choose the language/method that works most effectively for own personal spiritual needs. Now re:Islam/Moslems: Something is wrong if Life is worthless, and Killing is normalized. We are talking numbers here, daily numbers in the North, now moving down South. In the Middle East, now moving to the West. Practitioners of Islam/Moslems, are killing, fighting and taking out large numbers of people, please don’t ask us to be politically correct. The numbers are speaking by themselves. If its not the Doctrine/Practise/Religion – then WHAT IS IT? Tell us, lets fix IT! How many more people have to DIE? If it’s a CONSPIRACY to tarnish the religion, PROVE IT. I hate Prejudice. I believe we are all Equal, there is No 1-Way. But the marketing of HATE is being preached and marketed and leading to Killing & Death, that right now is not coming from any other religions apart from Islamic practices. Again, if I am wrong and there is proof that there is a conspiracy of defamation against this religion, lets discuss it and do what we can do to catch whoever is spreading the hate.

  16. Omoluabi

    July 17, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Devil in the details…..

  17. Wale

    July 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Stupid ignorant nigerians. I have read thru this news item and in no place was islam or muslim mentioned. “Honour killing” is a cultural practice and has nothing to do with religion. It happens in countries where they practice different religions. It even happens in some eastern (igbo) parts of nigeria where a father would rather kill their daughter than let them bring shame to the family. We’ve seen it several times in nollywood movies. Stupid islamophobes will always find a way to link islam with any negative news.

  18. Prince

    July 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    When i say Islam is the devils religion someone would want to justify why they do what they do. These are children of the ‘BOND WOMAN’. Nothing good can ever come out of them.

  19. Tee

    July 18, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    hello admin where is my post on this article? there is too much ignorance and bigotry being displayed here it need to be addressed , my post counter those who are hell bent on spreading hate and claiming moral high ground which is based on ignorance.

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