It has been a year since social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was killed by her own brother in the name of honor. However, Qandeel’s 82-year-old father, Azeem Baloch, is still waiting for justice to be served to her killer.
Qandeel was supporting her poor parents and after her death, they were forced to move back to their native village of Shah Sadar Din, a town in Dera Ghazi Khan, from Multan. While talking to a reporter on his daughter’s death anniversary, Azeem said that he still misses his daughter greatly and also added that he would never forgive his son for killing her.
Azeem said, “I will never forgive my son for killing my beloved daughter Qandeel Baloch.
Those who think that I will forgive him are wrong.” He added, “Strict punishment should be awarded to him for killing his sister so that no brother should commit such a heinous act in future.”
Qandeel Baloch, whose real name was Fouzia Azeem, was murdered on July 15, 2016, by her brother in the name of honor. He felt that Qandeel had brought shame to his family by posting provocative videos of herself on social media.
Qandeel used to support her poor parents from the money she made through these controversial means. After her death, her parents are living a poverty-stricken life.
“Qandeel was not my daughter but she was my son. She provided us financial and emotional support,” he lamented with tears in his eyes.
He maintained, “My wife has gone to collect money from the people in our neighbourhood for Qandeel’s death anniversary and we would continue to remember her till our last breath.”
“I have no shame in calling Qandeel my daughter. After her death, we have been facing financial constraints. Sometimes we do not have enough to eat and to buy medicines,” he said while crying. “I pray to Allah that no girl is ever born in a poor family.”
Azeem also claimed that he believed Mufti Abdul Qawi had a role in his daughter’s death, but since he is a powerful man, he is not being prosecuted.
Meanwhile, Azeem also accused the police and NGOs for their biased behaviour. “Police can make people confess those crimes which they have not committed. But in our case, no one is willing to take Qandeel’s murder seriously even after the passage of one year,” he said.