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Qandeel laid to rest

Updated July 18, 2016

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Relatives and residents carry the coffin Qandeel Baloch during her funeral in Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan. —AFP
Relatives and residents carry the coffin Qandeel Baloch during her funeral in Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan. —AFP

MULTAN: The funeral prayers of model and social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered by her younger brother, were offered in her ancestral village Shah Saddardin in Dera Ghazi Khan district on Sunday.

Later, she was laid to rest in a local graveyard.

Meanwhile, a duty magistrate in Multan remanded her brother and confessed killer, Waseem, in police custody for three days.

Qandeel’s body was taken to her village, where a large number of people had gathered, in the morning.

Before the funeral, women relatives of Qandeel applied henna to her hands and feet as per local tradition. Her mother repeatedly kissed her hands, according to sources. Her brothers and two married sisters were present to perform her last rites.

Talking to media personnel, Qandeel’s father, Mohammad Azeem said he would pursue the case against Waseem.

“She was my son, not a daughter. I have lost my son. She supported all of us, including my son who killed her,” he added.

His sons were unhappy over “her achievements” and turned against her even though she supported them, he said.

The residents of the village condemned the killing of Qandeel, terming it “a brutal act”.

City Police Officer Azhar Akram held a press conference on Saturday night where Waseem confessed to having killed Qandeel in the name of honour. He said that he had no regrets.

A woman in Multan, who lived in a house adjacent to Qandeel’s, told Dawn that the deceased had asked for the hand of her daughter for Waseem. “It seems unbelievable that she has been killed by a brother for whom she was trying to arrange a marriage,” she added.

Published in Dawn, July 18th, 2016