ISLAMABAD: Noted cleric Mufti Qavi was sacked on Wednesday as a member of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (moon sighting committee) after his selfies and video with social media sensation Qandeel Baloch went viral.
The selfies drew the ire of fellow clerics who denounced Mufti Qavi and called for his sacking from the CRHC.
One of the pictures shows Qandeel playfully posing for the selfie with Mufti Qavi’s signature hat on her head, while latter is holding a cell phone to his ear.
Another picture shows Qandeel posing with Mufti Qavi, sitting next to him.
Talking to media, Qandeel claimed that Mufti Qavi had invited her to meet him in a hotel for Iftar.
She said that Mufti Qavi had been persuading her since quite some time to meet, adding that the religious scholar had publicly professed his likeness for her.
However, Mufti Qavi said that Qandeel Baloch was “like a daughter to him”, and that he was trying to bring her to “the right path”.
“I met Qandeel on her insistence and she has promised me that not only she will fast during Ramzan, she will also offer her prayers regularly,” he said.
According to a statement issued by the federal religious ministry, Mufti Qavis’ membership stands suspended due his objectionable photos with the controversial model.
Federal Religious Minister Sardar Yousuf also referred to the matter to Ulema and Mashaikh Council for further action.
On Tuesday, PTI disowned Mufti Qavi, saying that he was not the head of party’s uleme wing.