A Pakistani man sentenced to life in prison for killing his sister, a model on social media, has been released in 2019 and his family’s lawyer has confirmed that he will be released because he was pardoned by his parents under Islamic law.
He says Waseem Azeem, who confessed to killing his 26-year-old sister Kandeel Baloch in 2016, was arrested for posting “shameful pictures” on Facebook. Three years later he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, now, his parents have demanded his release, said Sardar Mahboob, the family’s lawyer. Defender.
Islamic law in Pakistan allows the family of a crime victim to be pardoned. Waseem Azim’s action sparked outrage across the country in 2016, after which there were rumors that the man would not spend much time in jail because he could be forgiven by his parents.
Azim could be released this week after the documents are completed, the lawyer said.
The man’s mother, meanwhile, and the murdered young woman, Anwar Bibi, were also interested in the court ruling. “I am glad my son was released, but we are still sad that we lost our daughter.She said.
Kandeel Baloch was found strangled to death at his home near the city of Multan in Punjab province. He was killed after posting pictures of himself with Muslim cleric Mufti Abdul Qawi on Facebook and was later arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder.
The cleric was later released after police said they could not prove a link between him and the murder.
Every year, nearly 1,000 Pakistani women are killed by close relatives in so-called “honor killings” because they ignore the conservative rules of love and marriage. The facts are considered and punished as crimes, but in Pakistan Islamic law allows the victim’s family to pardon the killer, meaning that many of the perpetrators of honor killings are acquitted.
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