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Qandeel Baloch laid to rest in her ancestral village

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Qandeel Baloch laid to rest in her ancestral village

Islamabad, July 18 (IANS) Pakistani model-cum-actress Qandeel Baloch, who was strangled to death by her brother in the name of “family honour” two days ago, was laid to rest in a local graveyard at her ancestral village near Multan, a media report said on Monday.

The funeral prayers of Qandeel were offered in the village Shah Saddardin in Dera Ghazi Khan district on Sunday, Dawn news online reported.

Meanwhile, a Duty Magistrate in Multan remanded her brother and confessed killer, Waseem, in police custody for three days.

Qandeel’s body was taken to her village, where a large number of people had gathered.

Before the funeral, women relatives of Qandeel applied henna to her hands and feet as per local tradition. Her mother repeatedly kissed her hands. Her brothers and two married sisters were also present to perform the last rites.

Talking to the media, Qandeel’s father Mohammad Azeem said he would pursue the case against Waseem.

“She was my son, not a daughter. I have lost my son. She supported all of us, including my son who killed her,” Dawn news online quoted Azeem as saying.

His sons were unhappy over “her achievements” and turned against her even though she supported them, he said.

The residents of the village condemned the killing of Qandeel, terming it “a brutal act”.

Waseem confessed to having killed Qandeel in the name of honour. He said that he had no regrets, a police official told the media at a press conference on Saturday.

A woman in Multan, who lived in a house adjacent to Qandeel’s, told the media that the deceased had asked for the hand of her daughter for Waseem. “It seems unbelievable that she has been killed by a brother for whom she was trying to arrange a marriage,” she said.

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