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Brother of slain social media star Qandeel Baloch charged with her murder

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A Pakistani court has charged the brother of a social media star with her murder.

Muhammad Waseem admitted strangling 26-year-old model Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame with her selfies, in the family home in July.

He confessed at a news conference to killing her because she had brought shame on their family with her “intolerable” behaviour.

He has denied murder and says he does not regret what he did.

The charge is the final step before a trial begins in what is likely to be one of the country’s highest-profile ‘honour killings’.

Ms Baloch’s provocative selfies and videos – which would seem relatively tame by Western standards – divided the traditionally conservative Muslim country.

Supporters praised her for daring to challenge Pakistan’s views on women, while critics derided her for her “demeaning” behaviour.

Waseem appeared before a court in the central city of Multan on Monday together with his cousin Haq Nawaz, who police accused of being an accomplice but did not explain what his involvement was.

A second man, taxi driver Abdul Basit, has been released on bail.

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