The father of Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan’s social media sensation, has said that he wants maximum punishment for his son and the other three accused in the case. Qandeel was allegedly murdered by her brother at her flat in an act of ‘honor killing’. Her murder saw an upsurge in protests in Pakistan and the country passed a legislation last week to do away with the loopholes in the law.
Earlier, the accused could walk free if he or she was pardoned by family members of those who are killed. Pakistan experiences hundreds of such murders in the name of honor every year.
Oblivious of the new legislation which has been passed, Qandeel’s father Mohammad Azeem told AFP that there was no pardon for his son from his side. “They should get life imprisonment or death – I will be happy,” news agency AFP quoted him as saying.
Qandeel Baloch was followed by scores of people on social media but also faced criticism from the conservative section of the society for posting ‘obscene’ photos and videos online. She was murdered on July 21 and her brother had confessed on killing her for ‘she was bringing disrepute to family’s honour’.