Qandeel Baloch Dead: Controversial Pakistani Model Reportedly Killed By Her Own Brother

Rahul Srinivas

Controversial Pakistani model and internet personality Qandeel Baloch has been reportedly killed by her own brother in the city of Multan. The death of Qandeel was reportedly confirmed by a senior police official from the city, Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune reports. While the circumstances behind her death remains a mystery at this time, several reports have already claimed that her death seems to be yet another case of honor killing from Pakistan. There is still no clarity on how Qandeel Baloch was killed. Initial reports had claimed that she was shot dead by her brother. This was followed by newer reports which claimed that she was strangled to death.

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Qandeel Baloch was recently in the news over reports of her marriages, three of them in all, which were kept secret. She was reportedly married to a man named Aashiq Hussain back in 2008. One day after that report emerged, another man, Shahid Iqbal from Peshawar claimed that she married him 13 years ago. Shahid went on to say that Qandeel was married to another man before she married him. On the same day, Baloch had on a news channel admitted to have married a man. She however, did not reveal the name of the person. Qandeel Baloch also reportedly has a son from her marriage in 2008. She filed for divorce in 2008 and did not get the custody of her child as she 'could not keep him.'

Meanwhile, there are also reports that Qandeel Baloch has asked the Pakistani government and the country's Home Ministry to provide her security since she was receiving death threats. While, Baloch did not publicly say it, the death threats were reportedly coming from her own family members who found her videos on social media very offensive.

Qandeel Baloch shot to fame earlier this year during the ICC T20 World Cup tournament in India when she announced on twitter that she would perform a striptease if the Pakistani team won the World Cup. She went on to make several other controversial thorough her Facebook page which now has over 700,000 likes. More recently, Baloch was in the news again when several pictures of her with a cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi went viral. The cleric was a member of the religious organization Ruet-i-Hilal Committee and was suspended from his post after the pictures went public.

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