The brother of a murdered Pakistani reality star is ‘not embarrassed’ about strangling her because her behaviour ‘was completely intolerable’.
Muhammad Wasim has been arrested over the death of Qandeel Baloch, 26, whose social media presence made her a controversial figure in the conservative Muslim nation.
In a shocking press conference, Wasim defended his decision to murder his sister ‘for honour’.
He told reporters that he drugged his sister before strangling her while their parents were asleep upstairs in their family home in Multan.
Yes of course, I strangled her.
She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof top. It was around 10.45 pm when I gave her a tablet and then killed her.
I am not embarrassed at all over what I did. Whatever was the case, it (her behaviour) was completely intolerable.
Why Qandeel Baloch proved controversial
Ms Baloch, whose real name is Fauzia Azeem, had been likened to Kim Kardashian-West over her social media selfies and videos.
Most of her antics appear tame by western standards but, by breaking social taboos in conservative Pakistan, she divided people in the country.
Arguably her most controversial act was volunteering to perform a striptease for the Pakistani cricket team.
Dozens of mourners attended a vigil in the capital Lahore, while an online petition entitled ‘No Country for Bold Women’, demanding accountability over her death, has gone viral.
Despite receiving criticism, Ms Baloch’s lifestyle also attracted plenty of support.
Columnist and activist Aisha Sarawari said: ‘Qandeel was an extremely astute individual who knew that what she was doing was more than being the most loved bad girl of Pakistan.’
Her killing ‘defines yet another setback for the women of our generation. This makes it harder for women. Period’.