The rise and fall of Qandeel Baloch

The rise and fall of Qandeel Baloch


The latest victim of honour killing in Pakistan, social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, whose real name is Fauzia Azeem, was found dead in her room on Saturday morning. Police had later revealed that she was killed by her brother, Waseem, who perceived her to have brought ‘disrepute’ into their family’s honour.Qandeel was known to be a self-promoting social media enthusiast who often posted bold and ‘suggestive’ selfies and pictures of herself on Facebook and Instagram.

Her fifteen minutes to fame was when she posted a teaser of her striptease on YouTube, which she pledged to post in full if Pakistan won their T20 match against India on March 2016.She wanted to dedicate the dance to Shahid Afridi, but Pakistan lost the match.She was often described as Pakistan’s very own Kim Kardashian, given her outspoken viewpoints over everything she perceived to trending.Qandeel faced the ire of the conservative Pakistani clerics when she had recently posted selfies of her with a senior cleric Mufti Abdul Qawi, where she wore his topi, smoked a cigarette during Ramadan and more – brewing up a storm on social media.She reportedly faced death threats ever since.Earlier this month, Qandeel released a music video which she starred in alongside little known young singer Aryan Khan. Titled ‘Ban,’ the music video touched on Qandeel’s status as a controversial social media icon, and was provocative given Pakistan’s conservative standards for entertainment.She is derided and feted in equal measure in Pakistan, but the popularity of her videos evidence frustrations of many young people tired of being told how to behave.A two-time divorcee, Qandeel was said to have a son in her first marriage, which was annulled due to both the bride and the groom being minors at the time of nikaah.Eminent Pakistani individuals, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, actor Ali Zafar and more have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration on the vile clutches of honour killing in their country.


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