Parents of Pakistani social media star, killed by her brothers, fail to free their sons accused of killing

Last Updated: Aug 22 2019 19:21
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The parents of a Pakistani social media star allegedly murdered by her brothers have lost their bid to free their sons.

Qandeel Baloch's parents told the court they forgave Waseem and Aslam Shaheen, who are on trial for the apparent honour killing.

Baloch, 26, was strangled in July 2016, in a murder that shocked Pakistan and the wider world.

Her brother Waseem initially confessed, saying she had brought shame on his family, but later changed his plea.

Another six men have been arrested in connection with the killing, while a seventh, believed to be another brother, has absconded.

Cases of women being killed for "dishonouring" their family are commonplace in Pakistan. Nearly 1,100 women were killed by relatives in so-called honour killings in 2015, according to the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Many more cases go unreported.

Her father, Muhammad Azeem, had originally said he wanted her killers "to get death", telling BBC Urdu that his son Waseem should be "shot on sight".