Pakistani cleric was arrested in connection with the murder of Qandeel Baloch

FILE- In this June 28, 2016 file picture, Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch speaks during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistani police say they have arrested defamed cleric, Mufti Mohammad Qawi, for alleged involvement in murder of Baloch who was found dead in her home in Multan In July 2016 weeks after she posted bold pictures of herself with the cleric on social media. (AP Photo/M. Jameel, File)

Vastavam web: A prominent Pakistani cleric, who fled from a court in Multan following rejection of his bail plea today, was arrested in connection with the murder of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch.Mufti Abdul Qavi today appeared before the sessions court in Multan in Punjab province, some 350-km from Lahore, to seek extension to his bail in the Qandeel murder case.”We alerted the highway police after Mufti Qavi managed to flee from the court premises with the help of lawyers. At a picket on Jhang Road he was arrested and brought to the Multan police,” Investigating Officer Noor Akbar told reporters.

“We will interrogate him for his alleged role in the murder of Qandeel before submitting a report to the court.” Qavi is accused of inciting Qandeel’s brothers to kill her after she allegedly “humiliated” him by posting some objectionable pictures with the cleric on social media platforms.”She brought dishonour to the Baloch name due to her risque videos and statements posted on social media,” he had said.

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.Qavi said Qandeel was killed because she committed a sin by humiliating a religious person.Prior to her death, Qandeel spoke of worries about her safety and had appealed to the interior ministry to provide her with security. No help was provided by the ministry.A case has been pending in the Multan sessions court.Waseem and two others have been chargesheeted in the case.