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Mufti Qavi ‘provoked’ murder of Qandeel Baloch, says her mother


Lahore: The mother of slain Pakistani model Qandeel Baloch on Monday alleged that prominent cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi, who made headlines for appearing in a controversial video with the social media star, ‘provoked’ her son into murdering her daughter.

The 26-year-old model’s mother’s statement came on the same day when police announced that Mufti Qavi would be included in the murder investigation of the slain social media sensation. Police had arrested Qandeel’s brother Muhammad Waseem on Saturday.

He has admitted to strangling his sister to death for the ‘honour of the family’. Waseem said he gave her a tablet to subdue his sister and then strangled her in their family home over the weekend. Waseem said he killed his sister due to her social media activities, which included a series of risque video posts with the prominent cleric, Mufti Qavi. Qavi was suspended from the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in the controversy following the video posts. Speaking to Geo News on Monday, Qandeel’s mother accused Mufti Qavi, her daughter’s former husband Ashiq Hussain, and a man name Shahid of being involved in the murder.

She claimed her son Waseem carried out the murder on the advice of Mufti Qavi, and that the cleric ‘provoked’ him into killing Qandeel. She claimed Waseem was also in contact with Qandeel‘s former husband Ashiq Hussain.