Qandeel Baloch, the Pakistani Facebook star and model, was murdered and her brother arrested on Saturday in what news media there are calling an "honor" killing.
Baloch, 26, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was killed in Multan early Saturday morning, reported BCC News, and her brother Waseem Azeem was arrested after confessing that he drugged and strangled his sister because she "dishonored the family."
The actress and model had almost 750,000 followers on Facebook, referring to herself as a "modern day feminist," noted CNN
. Her outspoken posts and videos online brought her thousands of fans but also condemnation among critics in conservative Pakistan.
Baloch stirred controversy in the country when she posted a selfie on Instagram with Mufti Abdul Qavi, a senior member of the clergy, which reportedly riled his brother, said CNN.
"I planned this after her scandal with the mufti and was waiting for the right time," Waseem reportedly said, according to CNN. "Girls are born to stay home and follow traditions. My sister never did that."
"She supported all of us, including my son who killed her," the Dawn newspaper quoted her father Mohammad Azeem as saying.
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