Pakistan's 'Kim Kardashian' murdered by her brother

A scene from Qandeel's Baloch's latest music video Ban.
A scene from Qandeel's Baloch's latest music video Ban.

AN ACTOR and singer known for her presence on social media and sometimes referred to as Pakistan's Kim Kardashian has allegedly been murdered by her brother in a so-called honour killing.

Qandeel Baloch was allegedly strangled to death for refusing to stop making music videos and modelling photos.

She was a divisive figure in conservative Pakistan but had hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook and regularly appeared on television shows and in news interviews.

Ms Baloch went into hiding after receiving threats from her brother over photos she shared with her Facebook followers and had asked Pakistan's interior minister for protection.

She was also outspoken on the conditions women face in Pakistan, where an estimated 1000 women each year are murdered by their families in honour killings.

Recent press coverage revealed Ms Baloch had been forced into marriage as a teen and had a child.

Following her death, her parents told the Tribune newspaper the 26-year-old's brother Wasim killed her following an argument.

Her father Mohammed Azeem told the newspaper that his daughter was brave and that he would not forgive his son for the brutal killing. Police told media it was Azeem who lodged a case against his son for the killing. 

Al Jazeera reported Wasim was arrested 100km from Multan where the killing took place. At a press conference, it was reported he had killed Ms Baloch 'for honour'.

Hundreds of people have now signed a petition, named No Country for Bold Women, calling for a more progressive Pakistan.

"She was killed because a pervasive misogynistic culture cultivates and protects a toxic masculinity," the petition said.

"She was killed because patriarchal structures sustain unequal gender relations with both men and women believing that violence against women is unremarkable, ordinary, and even deserved."

The Honour Based Violence Awareness Network estimates there are about 5000 honour killings across the world every year.

About 2000 of those are estimated to be in India and Pakistan.

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