A cleric in Pakistan who was suspended from his post at a religious committee for taking selfies with Qandeel Baloch and meeting her alone in a hotel is to be included into the investigation of her killing.


A police chief in Multan said: “We have decided to widen the scope of the investigation and include Mufti Abdul Qavi in the probe,”

Qandeel’s mother claims that her son carried out the murder on the advice of Mufti Qavi and that the cleric provoked him into killing her. She also accused Qandeel’s ex-husband, Ashiq Hussain, for having some involvement in the killing.

She told police that just at the time Qandeel was murdered, their neighbours witnessed a suspicious bearded stranger outside the house and after some time he went inside the house and then left.

Mufti Qavi has denied any involvement in the murder and has said that he will present himself to the police when they summon him for questioning but that Baloch’s death should serve as an example for others who try to slander the clergy.

He also said that her killing was totally against sharia and cannot be justified.

Qandeel’s brother has already admitted to the killing, telling media he drugged her and then strangled her because she violated their family’s honour by posting controversial pictures, including selfies she had taken in a hotel room with Mufti Qavi last month.

Qandeel’s father has also told police that jealousy played a part in the murder as his sons weren’t pleased with Qandeel’s achievements and became jealous of her role as the main financial supporter of the family.

He said: “She was my son, not a daughter. I have lost my son. She supported all of us, including my son who killed her,”