Qandeel’s father: Shoot my son on sight

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Friday, 22 July 2016 11:50


MULTAN: The parents of Qandeel Baloch said that their daughter had been hopeful that her time to rise as a celebrity had come. She wanted to show the world a girl from a less privileged class of society could achieve, they said. Qandeel came to Multan to celebrate Eid with her parents, and the brother who killed her came to stay at home for some reason, her parents said. 

The 26-year-old, popular for posting controversial videos and statements on Facebook, was strangled to death by her brother. He was arrested by police in Dera Ghazi Khan and confessed to killing his sister in the name of ‘honour’.

Talking to BBC Urdu, Qandeel’s parents said they used to live in a village near Dera Ismail Khan where Qandeel’s father’s lost a leg in an accident, after which Qandeel brought them to Multan for treatment.

Now, Qandeel’s father says he goes daily to the police station seeking justice for his murdered daughter. “When she (Qandeel) used to send money, they all (her brothers) used to run to us to take their share,” said her father.

Qandeel’s celebrity life was marred with controversies but her family life was a tale of struggle and battling the odds at every step under social and family pressure.

Qandeel’s father said that he and his wife were drugged by the brother and were asleep when the murder took place. “She must have called out to us for help…but we couldn’t,” said Qandeel’s father.

“I say shoot my son on sight. He suffocated my little one,” he added when asked if he could ever forgive his son for the crime.

When asked about his relationship with Qandeel, her father said Qandeel was his best friend and son. “She was the best son of all sons.”


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