Mufti Qavi arrested on way to Jhang after fleeing court

Mufti Qavi arrested on way to Jhang after fleeing court

Mufti Qavi arrested on way to Jhang after fleeing court

Police arrested Qavi on Wednesday, the Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported, as he appeared to flee out of Multan where he had appeared in court this week. Upon his lawyer's request, the court had adjourned the hearing of the case till October 18 (today).

During the Wednesday's hearing, the judge, reserved his decision on the bail plea for a few minutes.

Mufti Qavi managed to flee the court but later in the day was arrested on the highway from Multan to Jhang.

The judge later rejected the application for an extension in the cleric's pre-arrest bail.

Talking to a private TV channel in the premises of the court when he arrived, Qavi said that he has nothing to do with the murder and "the judge is also aware of that".

Judicial magistrate Mohammad Pervez had issued the warrants after investigation officer Noor Akbar requested the court to do so on the grounds that the cleric was not cooperating with the police. He, however, added that he will accept the court's decision.

Baloch was killed by her brother Muhammad Waseem in an honor killing incident last July when she was visiting her parents in Multan. Though, the suspect has denied any involvement in the case multiple times.

He was also suspended from the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee after the photographs were published and became part of the police investigation into the celebrity's murder.

Qavi was embroiled in the controversy after Qandeel took selfies with him in a meeting in a hotel and made them viral on social media. Waseem had later confessed to his crime before the police and the media. "I will hold interior ministry responsible if anything happens to me or my family", she asserted.

Baloch, 26, in Facebook posts, spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset" of people in Pakistan.

Shortly before hear death a month later, Dawn published an interview with Baloch in which she accused her family of forcing her into an abusive marriage with a man who threatened to throw acid on her, telling her, "I'll burn your face because you're so attractive".

The "honour-killing" of Qandeel Baloch had sent shockwaves across the country and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media.

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