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The father of slain social media entertainer Qandeel Baloch says his daughter was killed on the behest of Mufti Abdul Qavi, an influential cleric.
Muhammad Azeem, along with his wife Anwar Bibi, told a magistrate in Multan on Monday that they would not forgive anyone who was involved in his daughter’s murder. He also maintained that the person responsible for his daughter’s murder was Mutfi Qavi.
The cleric, Mufti Qavi, who is currently in police custody after his pre-arrest bail was rejected by a court earlier in October, was also present in the court of Judicial Magistrate Pervaiz Khan.
Born Fouzia Azeem, the model and actress who was dubbed as ‘Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian’, was found strangled to death in her house in Multan’s Karimabad area on July 16, 2016, months after her selfies with Mufti Qavi went viral on social media leading to suspension of the cleric’s membership of the Ruet-i-Hilal committee and the National Ulema Mushaikh Council.
Qandeel’s father claimed that she was killed by her younger brother, Waseem, in the name of honour. Waseem was arrested by police in Dera Ghazi Khan later that night and confessed to killing her in the name of ‘honour’.
The cleric, however, maintained his innocence before the court and said he had done nothing illegal, adding that whatever had happened was on the record.
Investigating Officer Asif Shahzad asked the court for a three-day extension in the cleric’s physical remand, saying that police was likely to get the results of a polygraph test conducted on Mutfi Qavi soon, on the basis of which they would be investigating further.
Three lawyers representing Mufti Qavi told the court that police were unable to gain anything despite an 11-day remand of the cleric and requested the court that no further extension in remand be granted to police.
His lawyers maintained that the polygraph test had no legal standing.
The court has adjourned to deliberate the matter of the extension in Mufti Qavi’s remand.
Posted by Daily Pakistan