Qandeel Baloch’s brother Muhammad Waseem who murdered her in the name of ‘honor’ was set free on Saturday. The court said that it was not an ‘honor killing’, allowing their mother to pardon him, said the lawyers.
Qandeel was strangled to death by her brother Waseem in 2016. He said that her profession, activities, and behavior on social media were disreputing his family’s name.
Waseem was sentenced to life in prison for strangling her – and he told the media that he had no remorse. After less than six years in prison, an appeal judge ruled that Qandeel’s murder could not be defined as a crime of honor, dismissing his confession.
His lawyer, Sardar Mehboob told AFP, “Waseem has been released from the prison in compliance with the order of honorable Lahore High Court,”
“He is a free man now,” he added.
On Saturday, Waseem, 38, was released from jail in Multan after being acquitted on Monday earlier.
A lawyer for the mother said she had given “her consent” to pardon him, according to her lawyer Safdar Shah on Monday. (AFP)