MULTAN-Qandeel Baloch never knew that the fame she was running after could prove so fatal that it would cost the celebrity her life one day.
Although she became a social media celebrity with over half a million facebook followers in last couple of years, the people took more interest in watching videos posted by her on facebook than investigating into her origin. She surfaced among the top 10 most Googled Pakistanis but yet hardly anyone knew that she was Fauzia Azeem of Shah Saddar Deen, DG Khan.
It was the controversial selfies with Mufti Abdul Qawi that brought her into the eyes of mainstream news media. The reporters of different TV channels and newspapers chased her like a ghost and the saga turned into a tragedy; the cold blooded murder of Qandeel at the hands of her real brother Waseem as soon as Qandeel's identity was unveiled by the media.
While talking to The Nation, Anwar Bibi, the mother of the slain celebrity, said that the revelation of Fauzia's identity took her life. "We had no problem until her pictures with Mufti surfaced. The people recognised Qandeel as Fauzia and taunted Waseem that she was his sister. He got mad and made a plan to kill her," she asserted.
Qandeel was strangled to death by Waseem on the night between July 15 and 16 at a house in Kareem Town Multan in precincts of Muzaffarabad police. The police caught the killer from Dera Ghazi Khan on July 17 and he confessed to his crime. However, police took him to Lahore where his poly-graphic and DNA tests were conducted on Friday to verify his confessional statement. The reports are likely to be received in two weeks while the accused will be produced before the court on July 25.
Police sources told this scribe that Waseem had come to Multan on a taxi along with his cousin Haq Nawaz and the taxi driver Abbas and they all fled after the murder of Qandeel. Police are learnt to have caught Haq Nawaz and Waseem besides the wife of Waseem and the wife of another brother of Qandeel for interrogation. Sources claimed that the killer Waseem had handed over the cellphone and purse of Qandeel to the wife of his brother, who is now being quizzed by the police. The accused were traced from the cellphone data of Waseem.
Earlier, Multan RPO Sultan Azam Taimoori had told the media that Mufti Abdul Qawi would also be interrogated. The investigation officer of the case Inspector Attiya Jafri told journalists on Friday that Mufti had been summoned to join the investigation and get his statement recorded. Mufti lost his seat in Royat-e-Hilal Committee and Ulema Wing Punjab President office in PTI after the selfie controversy.
Police suspected that the family might pardon the killer at any stage which prompted them to add section 331 C to the FIR to block the way of any likewise move. However, Muhammad Azeem, the father of Qandeel, told this scribe that he would not forgive Waseem ever. "He killed my doll. He killed the piece of my heart. He must be punished. He must be hanged," he demanded while talking to this scribe with teary eyes. He said that he fell unconscious with his wife as Waseem served them with the milk spiked with some kind of sleeping drugs.
It is to be noted that Waseem has confessed in his statement that he administered sleeping drugs to Qandeel before strangling her to death. He told the police that he placed a pillow on her face and strangled her.
A few days before her murder, Qandeel had filed an application with the Interior Ministry, stating that she was receiving threats from unidentified persons and she needed security. However, her request was turned down.