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Brother Killed Pakistani Social Media Star Over Taunts by Friends

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FILE - Pakistani fashion model Qandeel Baloch speaks during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan, June 28, 2016.

FILE - Pakistani fashion model Qandeel Baloch speaks during a press conference in Lahore, Pakistan, June 28, 2016.

The mother of Qandeel Baloch, a Pakistani model and social media star killed earlier this month, said her son strangled his sister after being ridiculed by friends because of Baloch's behavior.

Anwar Wai told AFP that her son, Muhammad Wasim, murdered Baloch, for dishonoring the family's name.

"He killed my daughter after being taunted by his friends. They would infuriate him and tell him she is bringing you dishonor," she said.

According to local reports, Wasim was arrested and confessed Saturday to drugging and strangling the model whose real name is Fauzia Azeem.

Baloch was spending the Eid holiday with her family and had travelled from Karachi to Muzaffarabad village in central Punjab province. She was asleep, police said, when Wasim killed her in the family’s home.

"She was an amazing daughter. I have no words that do her justice, and she took care of us much more than our sons including financially," Wai said.

Baloch, according to Wai, supported at least a dozen relatives and said she does not know how the family will cope without her.

"She would call us four or five times a day. If she wasn't able to call one day, she would tell us 'I'm sorry, I was working,'" she said.

The social media star, who was in her 20s, called herself the Pakistani Kim Kardashian, a modern feminist amd shot to fame after being featured in a 2014 video that went viral. In it, she asked a man, "How am I looking?"

Her outspoken views and sexually suggestive videos posted online provoked controversy in an Islamic state that is not comfortable with Western feminism – something that earned Baloch praise from many young people and condemnation from the more traditional elements of society.

On earlier reports, she told the French News Agency that “people are going crazy—especially girls” after on Valentine’s Day, she posted a video going against the president’s message to stay away from “Western” influence. She was wearing a scarlet dress.

“I get so many calls where they [girls] tell me I’m their inspiration and they want to be like me, she said.

The killing started a discussion in Pakistan about the so called honor killings- often seen as punishment for going against traditions.

Last week Pakistan's ruling party announced plans to pass legislation against such practice that claims the lives of hundreds of Pakistani women killed by family members.

Baloch, according to reports, had talked about leaving Pakistan for safety reasons. She was receiving anonymous death threats.