DERA GHAZI KHAN / MULTAN - Police yesterday that Section 311 had been added to the Qandeel Baloch’s murder case, barring the family from pardoning the killer.

According to Capital Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Akram, Section 311 had been added to the FIR, meaning qisas or pardoning cannot take place.

Reportedly, the social media celebrity was strangled by her brother a couple days ago in the name of ‘honour’.

Her father Muhammad Azeem filed a police report against both his sons, alleging his elder son Aslam had encouraged his younger son Muhammad Waseem to carry out the killing.

However, police have declined to comment on Aslam's role and he was not available for comment.

Section 109 has already been included in the FIR while Qandeel’s other brother Aslam, who is a junior army officer, will also be investigated.

With the state becoming the plaintiff, Qandeel’s father would not be able to forgive Waseem and other suspects for his daughter’s murder if at any point he decided to do so, the CPO explained.

Waseem, who is in custody, told the media brazenly that he had no regrets. “My sister Fauzia Azeem – the real name of social media celeb – had ‘brought shame to family’ by making a controversial video with Mufti Abdul Qawi.

Police said Qawi, who was suspended from Ruet-i-Hilal Committee after the issue hit the headlines, was also part of their investigation. Qavi told the media a couple of days ago that Baloch's death should serve as an example for others who tried to malign the clergy, though he also stated that he had “forgiven her”.

“We have decided to widen the scope of the investigation and include Mufti Abdul Qavi in the probe,” Azhar Ikram told a foreign news agency. The CPO said police were investigating all others who were in contact with the model before she was murdered, including her parents. The social media star’s cousin Zulfiqar is already under police custody.

The FIR against the nominated killers was transformed into a non-compoundable. A lawyer was reported as saying said the addition of these sections was a welcome step.

“There cannot be an agreement [after this]. These sections were created to end karo-kari. Now that they have added them to the FIR, the victim's family cannot forgive the killers as the state has become a complainant. It will be taken as a murder against the state.”

Section 305, maintains the wali will be the heirs of the victim, but will exclude the accused or convict in case of qatl-i-amd (wilful murder) if committed in the name or on the pretext of honour.

Section 311 refers to the legal proceedings following the waiver or the compounding of right of qisas in willful murder. “Notwithstanding anything contained in Section 309 or Section 310... the Court may, having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, punish an offender against whom the right of qisas has been waived or compounded with death, or imprisonment for life, or imprisonment of either description for a term of which may extend to fourteen years as ta'zir,” reads Section 311.

More than 500 people - almost all of them women – are killed in the name of ‘honour’ in Pakistan every year, usually at the hands of relatives acting over a perception "shame" has been brought on the family.

Governments have deplored the practice but done little to stop it. Many Pakistanis have called for the passage of an anti-honour killing law aimed at closing a loophole that allows family members to forgive those responsible for such killings.

Baloch built a modelling career on the back of her social media fame and was the family breadwinner.

"She was my son, not a daughter. I have lost my son," Baloch's father told a newspaper. "She supported all of us, including my son who killed her." After the outcry over the selfies with Qawi, Baloch held a news conference and appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security. No help was provided.