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Pakistani Blogger Murdered by Her Own Brother

Qandeel Baloch – an actress, model and social media star – was found dead on Friday in her family’s home in the city of Multan.

According to CNN, Baloch’s father, Muhammad Azeem, reported his own son, Waseem Azeem, to the authorities as the culprit. Police tracked him down and arrested him for the heinous crime.

At a press conference on Saturday, Waseem admitted to murdering his sister and told reporters that he “killed for honor” and had “no regrets”. He also said that he strangled Qandeel after giving her a sedative.

“Girls are born only to stay at home and to bring honor to the family by following family traditions, but Qandeel had never done that.”

Baloch was a popular and controversial figure on social media; the blogger dared to show off her body and speak out about female empowerment in Pakistan. She had  750,000-plus Facebook followers and used to share videos making faces at the camera, talking about her famous crushes and playing around with different hairstyle.

 In Pakistan, approximately 1,000 women die every year as a result of “honor killings,” with many of them murdered by male relatives for bringing dishonor to their family.

“I am a drug addict, but I was in my senses when I murdered her and I accept it with pride. Now everybody will remember me with honor that I have provided relief to my parents and brothers who were suffering for the last two decades because of her.”

 

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