Police say that Baloch’s body was found in her family home on Saturday, according to Reuters. The Associated and multiple other outlets have said that her brother, Waseem Azeem, allegedly killed his sister in what is being called an “honor killing.” Hundreds of Pakistani women who “[violate] conservative norms” are killed by family members each year in these types of killings as punishment, according to the AP.
And in a press conference, Azeem allegedly confirmed reports, showing no remorse for murdering his sister, the AP reported.
“Yes, of course I strangled her,” Azeem reportedly said in a press conference organized by police after his arrest, according to Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune. “She was on the ground floor while our parents were asleep on the roof top. It was around 10:45 p.m. when I gave her a tablet … and then I killed her.”
While Baloch was revered by many liberals, Muslim conservatives reportedly took extreme offense when she posted pictures of herself with a prominent Muslim cleric, according to the AP.
“After the videos with Mufti Abdul Qavi had gone viral on social media, I planned to murder her and was only waiting for the best moment,” Azeem reportedly said, referring to a controversial video where Baloch posted with the Muslim cleric.
The same report says Azeem took serious offense to Baloch’s non-traditional and feminist ideals and her murder “provided relief” to his parents and brothers.
“Girls are born only to stay at home and to bring honor to the family by following family traditions but Qandeel had never done that,” he said, adding, “Murdering her was better than committing suicide so I went with the former plan.”