Court rejects Qandeel Baloch’s parents’ request to pardon her killers

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  • Parents of social media star Qandeel Baloch this Wednesday submitted an affidavit demanding the pardon for their sons.
  • The brother of a social media star strangled her to death in the year 2016.
  • However, the trial court of Multan has rejected the request by the parents of late social media star to pardon the killers.
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Multan court rejects the Qandeel Baloch’s parents’ request to pardon the sons – photo source Dawn.

Parents of social media star Qandeel Baloch this Wednesday submitted an affidavit in the Multan court demanding that the case that has been registered against their sons should be dismissed. The brother of a social media star strangled her to death in the year 2016.

The affidavit was submitted by the defense counsel on behalf of the parents Muhammad Azeem and Anwar Bibi who backtracked their earlier statements about the killers.

They stated that since Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) that forbid pardoning killers in such cases was passed several months after the killing of their daughter so the law doesn’t stand applicable in that particular case. The parents of the slain model also denied the allegations of honor killing and requested the court to acquit their sons under section 245 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The mother of the slain model in an earlier appearance on BBC Urdu disclosed that she had already lost her daughter and don’t want to lose her son so want the proceedings against her sons to cease.

However, in the latest development, the trial court of Multan has rejected the request by the parents of late Qandeel Baloch to pardon the killers (the two brothers of the slain model), Dawn reported.

Waseem, the brother of Baloch, strangled her sister in the name of honor in her own house. The other brother was also a nominee in the case is believed to be involved in the killing and instigated Waseem to kill the sister. “Did you realize what impact your pardon will have on the other accused in the case?” asked the judge to Baloch’s parents.

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The court dismissed Baloch’s parents’ plea to pardon the sons and remarked that the case regarding the murder in the name of honor would be decided once the testimonies of all witnesses have been recorded.

Qandeel Baloch, who belonged to a poor socio-economic background, rose to fame through her bold social media posts. Her fame also made her appearance in several mainstream shows and interviews including “Aik Din Geo Kay Sath,” and “Khara Sach,”.

She often claimed to break the stereotypes and posted many revealing and out of the way videos and photos through her social media accounts. The situation got worse only after she posted her pictures with the cleric and former member of Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Molvi Abdul Qavi.

This was the high profile case of honor killing in which a famous star became a victim of honor killing forget about the cases that go unreported mainly because of lack of access and fear of being killed. Even the survivors hesitate in reporting of such cases.

The menace of honor killing is spreading just like any other epidemic that takes roots in society and needs to be dealt with iron hands. The society and its people need to understand that there is no honor in killing.

How do you see the state’s response curbing the rising menace of killings in the name of ‘honor’? Share your thoughts in the comment section

 

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