Thursday, May 26, 2022

The state is contesting Waseem’s acquittal in Qandeel Baloch’s death

The state has contested Waseem’s acquittal in the Qandeel Baloch murder case, according to Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bokhari.

Her brother Qandeel [Waseem] strangled the social media sensation on Twitter, according to reports. He was caught and sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty. The ruling was overturned by the Lahore High Court.

Bokhari said the state’s plea allows the supreme court to make an example of bringing horrific murderers to justice through deserved sentences.

She added that Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s government remains committed to protecting women’s and girls’ rights.

Soon after Waseem’s acquittal, the governing party lawmaker declared that the state was evaluating “legal possibilities” based on the case’s law and SC rulings.

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According to Bokhari’s tweet, “the state is studying legal alternatives in the Qandeel Baloch case.” On February 14, the Lower Court of Justice found Waseem Baloch, Qandeel Baloch’s brother, not guilty of her murder.

The decision was made based on an agreement between the parties and retraction of witness statements.

On September 27, 2019, a model court in Multan convicted Waseem to life.

Defendant’s lawyer Sardar Mehboob spoke. In 2016, Waseem strangled his sister Qandeel at home.

Her father, Muhammad Azeem Baloch, had charged his son Waseem, Haq Nawaz, and others with murder. In 2016, the parents named two other boys, Aslam Shaheen and Arif, in an affidavit.

When Waseem was brought before a special magistrate, he acknowledged to drugging and killing his sister.

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