‘Someone please make this make sense to me’: Celebrities fume at Qandeel Baloch’s brother acquittal

Qandeel Baloch

On 15th July 2016 social media sensation, Qandeel Baloch was murdered by her brother Muhammad Waseem in Multan Saturday morning in the name of honor killing. The famed celebrity was known for uploading provocative content on her social media accounts. Reports state she received threats from her brother due to her pictures and videos on Facebook.

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Waseem was awarded life imprisonment, 6 years later, the Lahore High Court Multan Bench canceled life imprisonment of the accused after witnesses deviated from their statements in the trial court and Qandeel Baloch’s mother submitted a reconciliation agreement stipulating parental pardon.

 

Soon after this news spread like fire, celebrities took to social media and expressed their shock.

 

Actor Osman Khalid Butt shared his opinion on the matter in a series of tweets

 


 

Osman concluded with, “This is not the first time sentences for heinous crimes have been reduced or overturned. Why do these loopholes still exist in our judicial system whereby murderers can eventually walk free?”

 


Singer Meesha Shafi, too, spoke about Waseem’s acquittal. “So Qandeel Baloch killed in cold blood,” the popular singer tweeted, adding, “Her father, who tried to pursue justice above and beyond his means.. passed away. Her murderer, her brother, alive and roaming free once again. We’re living in the opposite world.”

 

 


Activist and lawyer Nighat Dad shared, “This man who confessed to killing Qandeel, his sister, is a free man today in the same country where Qandeel couldn’t live her life freely and was honor killed for the choices she made as a free citizen of this country.”

 


Academic Nida Kirmani questioned, “How on earth was #QandeelBaloch’s brother acquitted?!”

 

 


Model Zara Peerzada re-shared Nighat Dad’s post that took a dig at “state machinery” for not working in favor of women.

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