Model court reserves verdict on Qandeel Baloch murder case

MULTAN: A model court in Multan on Thursday reserved its verdict on the murder case of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch.

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After completion of arguments from both prosecution and defence, Judge Imran Shafi reserved the verdict.

Suspects including Qandeel’s brother, the main accused, Muhammad Wasim, her other brother Aslam Shaheen, Mufti Abdul Qavi, Haq Nawaz and Abdul Basit were present in court during the hearings.

Qandeel’s mother was also in the courtroom.

35 witnesses recorded their statements in the case. The verdict is likely to be announced tomorrow.

Speaking to media outside the court, Mufti Qavi, whom the victim’s parents had held responsible for their daughter’s killing, said that purposely he was being included in the case and tomorrow once the verdict is announced, suspects will be made convicts and the innocent will be acquitted. He said that his name had not been included in the First Information Report.

Baloch’s brother Waseem had strangled her to death in the name of “honour” at their house in 2016. He later confessed to have killed her because she allegedly “brought dishonour to the Baloch name” with her bold videos and statements posted on social media. Her brother Shaheen was also nominated in the case.

In August, Qandeel’s parents had submitted an affidavit in court, saying they had forgiven the killers and the case against their sons should be dismissed. Following this, a trial court rejected the request.

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