MUMBAI: Qandeel Baloch’s counterpart in India, Arshi Khan has stated Saturday that Qandeel’s murder is not honour killing, but there is a larger conspiracy behind the murder.
Speaking to IndiaNewsNetwork.IN on phone, Arshi Khan said, “I am really saddened by the news. There is a larger conspiracy behind the murder. As I see it, there are two possibilities. The first being the honor killing issue, but I am sure there is more to it than meets the eye. Her brother Waseem did not just kill her in a fit of rage. From media reports, it seems the murder was pre-planned. It’s possible the murder was orchestrated by some fanatic Islamic clerics from Pakistani after Qandeel Balooch’s spat and public embarrassment of a Mufti which also resulted in his disenfranchisement from a religious sect in Pakistan.
The other reason could be Qandeel Baloch’s alleged involvement in an international escort and betting racket. I have been getting calls from Dubai bookies in the past – and I have also filed several police complaints in Mumbai in the regard. The Dubai-based bookies who tried to enlist my help in betting and match-fixing rackets mentioned Qandeel’s name several times. ‘She is also doing it. And making lots of money. Why don’t you do it also,’ they had said time and again. It is a known fact that Qandeel was “meeting” many rich and famous businessmen, politicians, cricketers in Pakistan, Dubai and the rest of the UAE. This is a big international racket. I think her family must have got wind of her activities and that was possibly the main reason why her brother decided to kill her,” Arshi Khan revealed.
Even today a bookie called me from Dubai and said Qandeel was murdered at the behest of the betting mafia. Her brother was just a pawn, he told me adding that the betting mafia had used Qandeel in the past to forge links with cricketers and politicians and even clerics and military personnel. Qandeel wanted out. In her own admission she had met cricketer Umar Akmal several times in the past. The mafia used Qandeel to blackmail some people by getting her to click selfies with them in compromising positions. Known for her love for selfies and her obsession with social media, many powerful people in Pakistan obliged the starlet and that too in compromising positions. These images were later on used by the betting mafia to get their dirty work done, said Arshi Khan in an exclusive interview.
It is also possible that her brother must have been paid a “huge amount of money” by some interested parties to murder Baloch – because she had a lot of secrets about a lot of powerful people in Pakistan hidden up her sleeve – and then pass it off as a honor killing so that the murderer can be spared. Qandeel had a lot of inside information on some senior clerics and politicians in Pakistan. Her brush with Mufit Qavi is just one small example. Mufti Abdul Qavi who got suspended from Ruet-e-Hilal Committee membership after selfies with Qandeel Baloch became public; today said the murder of the model is lesson for others.