Pakistani Social Media Star Qandeel Baloch’s Brother: ‘Yes, of Course, I Strangled Her’

Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch’s brother, Waseem Azeem, said in a press conference on Sunday, July 17, that he has no regrets about killing his sister.

“Yes, of course, I strangled her,” Azeem told reporters at the event, which was organized by the police of Multan, according to The National. “She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof floor. It was around 10:45 p.m. when I gave her a tablet … and then killed her.”

“I was determined either to kill myself or kill her,” he added as he was being led away by police, noting that he was “not embarrassed” about the murder. “Whatever was the case, it [his sister’s behavior] was completely intolerable.”

Qandeel Baloch
Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch in a photo from her Facebook page. Facebook/OfficialQandeelBaloch

Hundreds of women are murdered each year in Pakistan, often at the hands of their relatives, in so-called honor killings. According to Rappler.com, many killers are allowed to walk free because of a law in place that allows the family to forgive the murderer.

As previously reported, Azeem disappeared shortly after strangling Baloch, 26, on Friday, July 15, but was found and arrested shortly afterward, after their father filed a police complaint against him. Azeem is set to appear in court for a hearing on Wednesday, July 20.

Baloch (real name: Fauzia Azeem) has been a polarizing figure in the largely conservative country of Pakistan, posting sexy photos of herself to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, with occasional video posts that had become more political in recent weeks.

The social-media star, who has been dubbed the nation’s Kim Kardashian, posted one last message to her nearly 750,000 followers on Facebook on Monday, July 4.

“I am trying to change the typical orthodox mindset of people who don’t wanna come out of their shells of false beliefs and old practices,” she wrote.

Khloé Kardashian weighed in with her thoughts on Saturday, July 16, tweeting: "We must stand up for one another and for justice. Just so sad."

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