Qandeel Baloch’s brother sentenced to life for her murder; Mufti Qavi, others acquitted – Pakistan

A model court in Multan on Friday sentenced Qandeel Baloch's brother, Mohammad Waseem, the main suspect in the murder case of the social media star, to life imprisonment.

The rest of the suspects who were nominated in the case, including cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi, his other brother Aslam Shaheen, Haq Nawaz, Abdul Basit and Mohammad Zafar Hussain were acquitted by the court.

According to the detailed verdict of the case, the accusation had "successfully proved its case beyond the shadow of reasonable doubt through convincing, convincing and inspiring evidence against the defendant for committing qatl-i-amd (deliberate murder) of his sister Fouzia Ameen aka Qandeel Balouch in the form of proving his presence at the place of the event, in the form of judicial confession corroborated with positive results of his DNA. "

"So he is convicted of committing qatl-i-amd of his sister, "the verdict added.

He stated that Waseem will be sent to the Central Jail in Multan to serve his sentence.

After the verdict was announced, supporters of Mufti Qavi, who had gathered outside the court, filled him with rose petals.

Police had included Mufti Qavi's name as a suspect in the case of the murder of the social media celebrity at the request of his father. Qavi & # 39; s was removed from the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee after "controversial" images of him with Qandeel Baloch appeared on social media. After the controversy, Qavi had also been removed from the Ulema Mushaikh National Council.

Later, Qavi and Baloch issued statements about the controversy and contradicted each other. The killer of Qandeel Baloch also referred to the controversy of Mufti Qavi in ​​his confessional statement.

Speaking to the media, Waseem's lawyer said he could not say anything about the court since that was contempt of court. However, he said they are ready to take the verdict to the higher court.

On Thursday, Judge Imran Shafi had reserved his verdict after the prosecution and defense completed their arguments in the case.

Baloch's brother, Waseem, strangled her to death on behalf of & # 39; honor & # 39; at his home in 2016. He later confessed to killing her because he allegedly "brought dishonor to the name Baloch" with his videos and risque statements on social media. His brother Shaheen had also been nominated in the case.

In August, Qandeel's parents filed an affidavit in court, saying they had forgiven the murderers and that the case against their children should be dismissed. However, a trial court rejected the request and proceeded to hearings against the suspects.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1507652/qandeel-balochs-brother-sentenced-to-life-for-her-murder-mufti-qavi-others-acquitted

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