MULTAN: Internet sensation Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother in Multan on Saturday.
Initial reports suggest Fauzia Azeem aka Qandeel Baloch was shot dead by her younger brother. However, conflicting reports claimed she was strangled to death.
“Baloch was killed by her brother over honour in Muzaffarabad’s Green Town area,” the area’s RPO told The media. “It appears that she was strangled to death,” the RPO added.
Qandeel took the internet by storm few weeks ago when her photos and a video clip with Mufti Qawi, a former member of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee surfaced the internet during holy month of Ramadan.
Baloch, who set in motion events that led to the suspension of Mufti Qawi’s membership from the Ruet-e-Hilal committee, was once married and has a young son.
The model cum actress was once again in the news on Wednesday when Ashiq Hussain of Kot Addu claimed on several television interviews that she was once married to him. The man who calls him as husband of Qandeel Baloch also presented the media with marriage certificate.
Qandeel accepted that she was once married and she had a son from Ashiq Hussain.
“My husband used to beat me up,” Baloch told Express News, adding that she had a son with Hussain.
The drama continued when on Thursday, another husband of Qandeel Baloch from Dera Gazi Khan came on scene who claimed that Qandeel Baloch is not a Baloch and she started using name “Baloch” after she ran away from her home and married him.
The 25-year-old model belongs to the tribal area of Shah Sadar Din of District Dera Ghazi Khan in south Punjab, and started her career as a bus hostess.
Her real name is Fouzia Azeem but chose Qandeel Baloch as her pseudonym after stepping into modelling.
She eloped with her boyfriend in 2004 while still in school, and claims to have visited South Africa, Middle East and other western countries.
Though she is reviled by many and frequently subjected to misogynist abuse online, Qandeel has won praise by a segment of youth for her forthright attitude.
On Valentine’s Day, she donned a plunging scarlet dress and posted a video message defying President Mamnoon Hussain, who had issued a stern warning against the “Western” holiday. The post garnered more than 70,000 ‘likes’.