Saudi Arabia extradites suspect in murder of Pakistani social media star

Pakistani model and social media star Qandeel Baloch. (AP/File)
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Updated 03 January 2020

Saudi Arabia extradites suspect in murder of Pakistani social media star

  • Muzaffar Iqbal was handed over to Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency on Wednesday

ISLAMABAD: A fugitive suspected of instigating the murder of Pakistani model and social media star Qandeel Baloch has been extradited from Saudi Arabia, Interior Ministry officials revealed on Thursday.

Muzaffar Iqbal was arrested by Interpol and handed over to Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday before being transferred into the custody of police authorities in the city of Multan, Abdul Aziz Uqaili, the ministry’s additional secretary and spokesman, told Arab News.

Uqaili said that Iqbal had been moved from the Kingdom to Pakistan with the help of Interpol’s National Central Bureau in Riyadh.

Baloch, 26, who rose to prominence with her videos on social media networks which often challenged social norms in Pakistan, was strangled in July 2016 at her parents’ home in Muzaffargarh in the eastern Punjab province.

Her so-called “honor killing” focused huge attention on the deaths of other Pakistani women at the hands of close family members, placing law enforcement agencies in the country under pressure to act quickly in her case to apprehend her killers.


Riyadh governor joins in with students distance learning virtual platform “Madrasati”

Prince Faisal wished everyone luck and success and congratulated them on their work amid the circumstances of the pandemic. (Supplied)
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Riyadh governor joins in with students distance learning virtual platform “Madrasati”

  • The number of people training on the Madrasati platform has reached more than 389,000, with more than 44,000 training hours completed

RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar joined in with students on the distance learning virtual platform “Madrasati” on Sunday.
It happened during a meeting between Prince Faisal and the general director of the Education Department in Riyadh, Hamad Al-Wahaibi, and other officials.
In a message addressed to students and teachers, Prince Faisal wished everyone luck and success and congratulated them on their work amid the circumstances of the pandemic.
He also noted the efforts of the education departments in Riyadh and the support provided to the sector by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure the education of students in the city.
Al-Wahaibi provided an overview of the distance learning process, starting with the virtual preschool, Madrasati platform, educational satellite and YouTube channels.
He also reviewed the number of trainees on Madrasati, which has had more than 147,000 teachers, 22,000 leaders and 9,000 supervisors use the platform in the first week of the academic year.
The number of people training on the Madrasati platform has reached more than 389,000, with more than 44,000 training hours completed.
The total number of students who have activated the platform has reached 5 million, with 420,000 teachers and more than 20,000 school leaders joining them.