LAHORE: On Monday, Qandeel Baloch’s murderer Waseem Khan acquits by the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Waseem Khan, the brother of deceased Qandeel Baloch murdered his sister in the name of ‘honor killing’ following the direction of the Multan Bench. The decision has been taken after the agreement between the two parties.
On 27 September 2019, Waseem was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Waseem was accused of strangulating his sister in the name of honor. He was arrested in July 2016 and awarded life imprisonment on September 27, 2019, by a court in Multan. At a news conference in 2016, Waseem had admitted that he strangled his 26-year-old sister due to her social media activities. He is expected to be released later this week.
The LHC’s Multan bench canceled life imprisonment of the accused after witnesses deviated from their statements in the trial court and Qandeel’s mother submitted a reconciliation agreement stipulating parental pardon.
Advocate Sardar Mehboob presented arguments on behalf of the accused. In 2016, Waseem had strangled his sister Qandeel to death while she was at home.
Her father Muhammad Azeem Baloch had lodged a murder case against his son Waseem, accomplices Haq Nawaz and others. An affidavit submitted by the parents in 2016 also named two of their other sons, Aslam Shaheen and Arif.
Waseem had gone on record and admitted to drugging and killing his sister when he was presented before a special magistrate. -Source