Pakistan's social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was allegedly murdered by her brother in a suspected case of 'honour killing.'
Baloch was popular for posting bold pictures, videos and statements on social media. According to reports, her brother had threatened her over her Facebook posts, videos.
Baloch's brother has been identified as Wasim, 30-year-old. However, his whereabouts since the death of Baloch remains unknown.
While initial media reports claimed that Baloch was shot dead, the police have revealed that she was "strangled to death" at her Multan residence. She had gone to her hometown ( Multan) to celebrate Eid.
A few weeks ago, Baloch had written to government authorities seeking protection as she feared for her life. She claimed that she constantly faced threats and abuse due to her activities on social media, where she had acquired thousands of followers by posting pictures and videos.
“Three weeks ago, Qandeel had written to the interior minister, the director general of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) and the senior superintendent of Islamabad asking them to provide security to her and has requested action against those who made her identification documents public via social media,” Dawn reported.
She shot to fame after her video rant on the Pakistan’s conservative mindset, which do not allow young people to live their lives on the their own terms, went viral. Her latest music video, which was released earlier this month, also touted to be against the conservative standards of Pakistan.
Baloch is the latest victim of the 'honour killing', which is on the rise of late in Pakistan.