Social media sensation Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered by her brother last week, has been edited out from her social media handles. Her official FB page, that hosted her photos and videos, is no longer available, and her account on Instagram, also owned by Facebook, has been deleted, reports the Dawn.
As per Facebook policy, any account which belongs to a deceased individual is automatically made into a memorialised account where friends and family can share memories on the timeline. However, according to Facebook’s help centre, “pages with a sole admin whose account was memorialised will be removed from Facebook if we receive a valid request.”
Qandeel shot to fame with her ‘infamous’ Facebook and Instagram uploads, which according to many were objectionable. All that remains of her online persona is her Twitter handle. The deceased star’s brother, Muhammad Waseem, who killed her at her Multan residence, was arrested by police in Dera Ghazi Khan. He then confessed to killing his sister in the name of ‘honour’.
Pakistan police have conducted polygraph and DNA tests on Waseem to corroborate his confession in Qandeel’s murder. According to police, further evidence was needed to corroborate the confession and investigate if any other was also involved in it. “Waseem was taken to Lahore on Friday for tests. The results of polygraph and DNA tests will be available next week,” according to senior police officer Azhar Akram.
“She was bringing disrepute to our family’s honour and I could not tolerate it any further. I killed her around 11.30pm on Friday night when everyone else had gone to bed. My brother is not involved in the murder,” said Waseem to the media.
Qandeel’s father has said that his son, should be “shot at sight” for murdering his daughter. “I say he should be shot at sight! He suffocated my little one. We were drugged, asleep upstairs. She must have called out to us,” Qandeel’s father Anwar Azeem said.