Did The ‘Kim Kardashian Effect’ Kill Pakastani Social Media ‘Celebrity,’ Qandeel Baloch?


It is no surprise that many of the so-called Instagram ‘models’ and ‘celebrities’ look up to the likes of socialite and ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s’ star, Kim Kardashian.  They aspire to be just like Kardashian – who prides herself in taking raunchy, barely clothed, pouty lip pictures for social media. Unfortunately for Qandeel Baloch, ‘celebrity’ Pakistani social media star, she met her fate with death at the hands of her brother, as it was labeled as an ‘honor killing,’ because of doing what Kim Kardashian and the rest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan do every day.


While there is no honor in taking the life of another person, no matter what part of the world you live in, what applies for Kim Kardashian, may not apply for other women in other parts of the world. Women, universally, are still trying to fight for their rights and equality – the right to be themselves just as their male counterparts.


Ms Baloch, 26, recently caused controversy by posting controversial pictures of herself on social media, including one alongside a Muslim cleric.

Police say she was strangled to death.

Cases of women being killed for ‘dishonouring’ their family are commonplace in Pakistan.

Qandeel Baloch became a household name for posting bold, sometimes raunchy, photographs, video and comments.

Ms Baloch’s parents told The Express Tribune that she was strangled to death on Friday night following an argument with her brother.

They said her body was not discovered until Saturday morning. Her parents have been taken into custody, the Tribune reported.

Ms Baloch had gone to Punjab from Karachi because of the threat to her security, police say.




The brother, Waseem, 25, was arrested in Dera Ghazi Khan in central Pakistan on Saturday night.The Dawn newspaper said he had confessed to the murder, saying he drugged and strangled her “for dishonouring the Baloch name”.

Qandeel Baloch, 26, became a household name for posting sometimes raunchy photographs, comments and videos.

She recently caused controversy by posting pictures of herself alongside a Muslim cleric.


Did Baloch take these risks knowing that one day she would likely be killed for being vocal (Whether through her appearance of verbalizing it)?  Maybe she knew that she had to stand up for the rights of women who come after her.  Either way, it is a sad story about how far women have to go.  Rest in Peace.




Photo Credit: AFP | Instagram

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