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Pakistani Model Slain In Apparent 'Honor' Killing

Qandeel Baloch
Qandeel Baloch

A Pakistani model who recently posted photographs of herself with a Muslim cleric on social media has been killed.

Police said on July 16 that they are investigating allegations that Qandeel Baloch, 26, was killed by her brother as an “honor” killing over the photographs.

It was not immediately clear when Baloch was killed.

Police officer Sultan Azam told AFP that Baloch was “strangled to death” in an apparent “honor” killing.

Many conservatives were shocked by the photos showing Balock and Mufti Qavi allegedly having soft drinks and cigarettes together during daylight hours during the holy month of Ramadan, when devout Muslims abstain from food and drink during the day.

Qavi denied wrongdoing and said he only met with Baloch to discuss Islam.

Hundreds of Pakistani women are killed each year by relatives who accuse them of violating conservative social or religious norms.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP