Sunday Oct 29 2017

Qandeel murder case: Revelations surface in Qavi's polygraph result

Mufti Abdul Qavi’s membership of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee was suspended after Qandeel Baloch released pictures of herself with the cleric in a hotel room weeks before her murder. Photo: Geo News file

MULTAN: The Multan police on Sunday said that important revelations have come to light following the receipt of Mufti Abdul Qavi’s polygraph test results.

On October 12, a court had issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Qavi in the Qandeel-Baloch murder case. He was arrested on October 18, after the district and sessions court rejected his bail plea.

“The polygraph test result cannot be shared with the media for now but it will soon be made available,” a police spokesperson said.

The statements of Qandeel’s parents, Azeem and Anwar Bibi, were recorded in the presence of Qavi, whose three-day physical remand ends tomorrow.

Important developments are expected in the case.

Qandeel Baloch Murder

Baloch, who shot to fame for her provocative selfies that polarised Pakistan, was allegedly strangled in July by her brother Muhammad Waseem.

In his confession, Waseem claimed she had brought shame on the family and owned up to his crime in a press conference after his arrest.

Prior to her death, Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security.

In Facebook posts, Baloch, 26, spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset" of people in Pakistan.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf suspended Qavi’s membership of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee after Baloch released pictures of herself with the cleric in a hotel room weeks before her murder, wearing his hat and pouting.

She had accused him of inappropriate behaviour.

"I thought I would expose him as he is in reality," she told AFP at the time, adding: "He is a different person alone and different when he has his followers around him."

She faced frequent abuse and death threats but continued to post provocative pictures and videos.

Two days after Baloch was murdered, her mother had said that the prominent cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi, who made headlines last month for appearing in a controversial video with the social media star, provoked her son into murdering his sister.

The so-called 'honour-killing' had sent shockwaves across the country and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media for Baloch.