“Yes of course, I strangled her,” he said

Qandeel Baloch’s brother confirmed that he killed her. He’s fine with it. No problem. She was embarrassing, so obviously he had to make her dead. Women who make men feel ooky don’t get to go on being alive.

Police presented Azeem before the media in Multan, where he confessed to killing her. He said people had taunted him over the photos and that he found the social embarrassment unbearable.

“Yes of course, I strangled her,” he said.

Of course. What else is a man supposed to do when his sister causes social embarrassment that he finds unbearable? His feelings of social discomfort are obviously infinitely more important than a trivial thing like her life.

Azeem said he acted alone and was “not embarrassed at all over what I did.”

“I was determined either to kill myself or kill her,” he said as he was being led away.

And so of course he killed her and not himself.

The Multan police chief, Akram Azhar, says authorities will charge Azeem with murder and seek the “maximum punishment”. Murder carries a potential death sentence, but under Pakistani law the family of the victim would be able to pardon him.

And since the family of the victim is also the family of the murderer, and the victim was a whorey slutty whore who made them feel embarrassed, obviously they will pardon him – so the whole thing is a farce. Why even bother to arrest and charge him?

Nearly 1,000 women are killed by close relatives in Pakistan each year in so-called “honour killings” for violating conservative norms on love and marriage.

That’s bound to be a very conservative estimate, since in most cases the close relatives keep the whole thing secret.

Baloch’s brother had allegedly told her to end her social media activity, which had won her legions of fans, but left many dismayed. She shot to national attention in March when she released a video promising to perform a “striptease” if the Pakistani cricket team won the world Twenty20 cricket championships.

Although Pakistan did not win, she still danced on camera, saying the performance was in honour of the victorious Indian team. She was unapologetic about upsetting conservatives in the Muslim-majority state, where radical forms of Islam have grown in popularity in recent years.

She recently described herself as an “inspiration to ladies who are treated badly”.

And the men who hate them.

She had recently demanded that the government provide her with security after receiving death threats, but no help was given. She told the media she was considering moving abroad with her parents as she did not feel safe.

In one of her last interviews, she talked about being forced to get married against her will at the age of 17 to an uneducated man, whom she described as “an animal”. “I said: ‘No, I don’t want to spend my life this way.’ I was not made for this. It was my wish since I was a child to become something, to be able to stand on my own two feet, to do something for myself.”

And it was her brother’s wish to stop her, and he won.

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