Qandeel murder case: Mufti Qavi, others to be indicted today

F.P. Report

MULTAN: The district and sessions court of will indict the remaining suspects including Mufti Abdul Qavi in the Qandeel Baloch murder case on Wednesday (today).

While hearing the case on March 7, it had directed that Mufti Abdul Qavi, Aslam Shahid and Abdul Basit, the remaining accused, be provided copies of the charge-sheet so they could be indicted today.

The main accused in the murder of Qandel Baloch’ case, brother Waseem and relative Haq Nawaz were indicted in December 2016.

Mufti Abdul Qavi was arrested in the case in October last year after a court rejected his bail. However, his bail was restored around a month later after he remained in police custody where he also gave a polygraph test.

Private news channel reported that Qavi, while in police custody said that the owner and driver of the vehicle which brought Qandeel’s murder suspects — Waseem and Nawaz — from DG Khan to Multan and then brought them back is his cousin: Abdul Basit.

Moreover, Qavi, according to reports, police during investigation that the house in Multan’s Muzaffarabad locality where Qandeel resided was owned by a close associate of his Mohammad Nawaz.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf had 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.

Fauzia Azeem, popularly known by her taken name Qandeel Baloch, shot to fame for her provocative selfies and videos that polarized Pakistan.

She was allegedly strangled on July 16, 2016, by her brother Waseem.

Prior to her death, Baloch, 26, spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the Interior Ministry to provide her with security.