Pakistan : NCSW to challenge acquittal of Waseem Baloch

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Islamabad, Feb 17 : Pakistan’s National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) announced plans to appeal against the acquittal of Waseem Baloch. Reacting to the acquittal of Waseem Baloch for the murder of his sister — social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch — the NCSW announced plans to appeal the verdict before the Supreme Court, reports Dawn.

NCSW chairperson Nilofar Bakhtiar on Wednesday expressed concern over Waseem’s acquittal, saying in a statement that the “NCSW will file an appeal in the Supreme Court against Lahore High Court’s acquittal of Waseem Baloch, else it will perpetuate the heinous crime of honour killing in Pakistan”.

“Mitigating (dis)honour killings are one of the prime goals of NCSW and we will try to achieve this goal,” she added. Qandeel Baloch, the social media star, was murdered in the name of “honour” in 2016. The Lahore High Court, on Monday, acquitted Waseem Baloch who served less than six years in prison.


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