The parents of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered allegedly by her brothers in an apparent case of honour killing, on Wednesday pardoned their sons and urged a court to dismiss the case.
Fouzia Azeem, better known as Baloch was strangled to death at her home in Multan, Punjab province, on July 15, 2016 by her brother Waseem Azeem.
Baloch’s brother Waseem had strangled her to death in the name of “honour” at their house. He later confessed to have killed her because she allegedly “brought dishonour to the Baloch name” with her risque videos and statements posted on social media. Her brother Aslam Shaheen was also nominated in the case.
Parents Qandeel Baloch and famous for her risqué videos – have submitted on Wednesday an affidavit in a Multan court, saying they have forgiven the killers and the case against their sons should be thrown out.
In the affidavit, Baloch’s parents stated that they have forgiven her alleged murderers and asked the court to acquit them. About the Anti-Honor Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 — which prevents killers from walking free after being pardoned by the victim’s family — they said the law cannot be applied to the case as it was passed months after Baloch was murdered.
The court, in response, summoned the lawyers representing the prosecution in the murder case as well as the counsel for Baloch’s parents.