Qandeel Baloch. File
A court in the eastern city of Multan found Muhammad Waseem guilty of the murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment, his lawyer told Reuters.
Policemen escort Muhammad Waseem, the brother of Qandeel Baloch, as he leaves the court in Multan. AFP
"Waseem has been given life in prison," the lawyer, Sardar Mehboob, told Reuters by phone after the verdict was delivered.
"It is for sure that we will appeal in the High Court."
Six others accused of involvement have been acquitted, the lawyer said. They included two of Baloch's other brothers, her cousin, a neighbour, a driver, and a Muslim cleric.
Waseem admitted in a 2016 media conference organised by police that he strangled his 26-year-old sister due to her social media activities.
Baloch had posted risque Facebook posts in which she spoke of trying to change "the typical orthodox mindset" of people in Pakistan. She faced frequent misogynist abuse and death threats but continued to post provocative pictures and videos.
Baloch, whose real name was Fauzia Azeem, was described as Pakistan's Kim Kardashian and had built a modelling career on the back of her social media fame, but drew ire from many in the conservative South Asian nation.
Her killing sent shockwaves across Pakistan and triggered an outpouring of grief on social media, and prompted the government to tighten laws to ensure that killers would not walk free if family members forgave them.
Local media had reported in August that Waseem's parents had forgiven their son and asked for him to be acquitted. Reuters was unable to reach them for comment.
Hundreds of women are killed each year in Pakistan by family members over perceived damage to "honour" that can involve eloping, fraternizing with men or any other infraction against conservative values that govern women's modesty.
Women's rights experts say that enforcement of justice is often lax, with proceedings at times being drawn out while accused killers were freed on bail and cases faded away.
"It takes too long, people forget," said Farzana Bari, a women's rights advocate and founder of Pakistan's first gender studies department at a university, adding that even the high-profile Baloch case had taken over three years to be resolved.
Though rights groups say reliable data is hard to establish, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan found at least 300 cases of "honour killing" in 2018.
Many advocates say the actual number is far higher, with the Honour Based Violence Awareness Network estimating that Pakistan accounts for about a fifth of the 5,000 honour killings globally each year.
Two teenage girls in North Waziristan village were killed for "honour" over leaked mobile video. The two men — one of whom was the father of the first victim and the other was the brother of the second, were both being held in custody pending trial.
Mahira Zulfiquar arrived in Pakistan two months ago to attend a wedding and was staying at a rented home with her friend. Pakistan's English-language newspaper Dawn reported that Zulifquar had bullet wounds and signs of torture on her body.
The deceased was a third-year medical student and was shot dead in Kohat in January 2018 for turning down a marriage proposal. Police said Rani was visiting her family during a session break when Afridiopened fire on her after she turned down his marriage proposal.
The police produced the accused in the court to seek extension in his physical remand. Magistrate Suhaib Bilal Ranjha extended the remand for two days. Jaffer is accused of killing the daughter of former ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has expected the weather on Friday to be fair to partly cloudy and hazy at times during daytime, with a chance of some convective clouds formation by afternoon eastward.
The first regular flight from Lahore to Dubai is due late on Thursday night while many passengers and their relatives took to social media to highlight the unavailability of rapid test facilities for the passengers at major airports in Pakistan.
The Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority (ICA) on Thursday reviewed the features and advantages of the second generation of the Emirates ID that go in line with the concept of overall digital transformation in the UAE.
Passengers travelling from countries where flights had been banned were allowed to transit through UAE airports from Aug.5 as long as they present a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure.