POLIZETTE — The “honor killing” of a Pakistani social media star that took place Friday night in her family’s home provided this sobering reminder for the U.S.: Strict adherence to Sharia Law and forms of Islamic extremism often result in horrific tragedy.
Qandeel Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was killed at home in Punjab, Pakistan. Her brother, Waseem Azeem, is believed to have strangled her and killed her after a tense confrontation concerning financial issues and Baloch’s unorthodox social media presence. Azeem reportedly resented his sister for her “inappropriate” behavior on social media, such as posting racy pictures of herself that were at odds with the family’s conservative values. In the days before her death, Baloch expressed concerns for her safety as she attempted to reconcile her family’s beliefs with her own in challenging “the typical orthodox mindset” of the Pakistani people, according to her Facebook posts.
Azeem admitted to the Associated Press that he slipped his sister sedatives the night before and strangled Baloch in her sleep because of the embarrassment she caused him.
“I was determined either to kill myself or kill her,” Azeem told the AP, adding that Baloch was the family’s primary bread-winner. “Money matters, but family honor is more important.”
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