A Multan model court sentenced Qandeel Baloch’s brother Waseem Azeem to life in prison in her murder case. A life imprisonment is a 25-year sentence.
The social media star was strangled to death in Multan in July 2016. Her brother Azeem was accused of her murder. Azeem said she “brought dishonour to the Baloch name” with her risqué videos and statements posted on social media.
The other six suspects in the case were acquitted, including Mufti Abdul Qavi and Qandeel’s other brother Shaheen. The other brother was accused of urging Azeem to kill Qandeel. He was arrested in Saudi Arabia this year with the help of Interpol.
Waseem had initially admitted to the crime but later changed his statement. The court had been hearing the case for three years. A high court had dismissed his bail applications twice before. The court had reserved its verdict after the defence and prosecution completed their arguments.
Earlier, Qandeel’s father had filed a petition seeking a pardon for his sons but the court turned it down.