Court dismisses request by Qandeel Baloch’s parents to pardon her killers

MULTAN: A trial court in Multan on Thursday rejected a request by the parents of slain social media star Qandeel Baloch to pardon her brothers, who are accused of killing her.

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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 risque videos and statements posted on social media. Her brother Aslam Shaheen was also nominated in the case.

On Wednesday, parents of social media celebrity submitted an affidavit in the local trial court, saying they had forgiven the killers and the case against their sons should be discarded.

As the affidavit was taken up by the model court today, Baloch’s parents informed District and Sessions, Judge Imran Shafi, that they had forgiven their sons “in the name of Allah”.

The judge asked the parents whether they have pardoned their sons but not the other murder accused, to which they responded in affirmative.

Judge Shafi remarked that he would decide their request after examining whether law grants them the right to pardon the killers or not.

The judge ask the parents, “do you realise what impact your pardon will have on the other accused in the case?”

The court later dismissed Baloch’s parents’ application to pardon their sons, with the judge saying the case regarding murder in the name of ‘honour’ would be decided once the testimonies of all witnesses have been recorded.

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