Ghazala Javed, Pashto singer and her father shot dead in Pakistan

Islamabad, June 19 (TruthDive): Ghazala Javed, famous Pashto singer and her father were shot dead by few unidentified men yesterday in the north-western city of Pakistan, Peshawar, police reported.

Last night, unknown men fired at Ghazala Javed, 24, and Mohammad Javed, her father when she was coming out of a beauty parlour at a busy street, Mohallah Nau in Dabgari Bazar, the singer’s family told police.

Farhat Bibi, younger sister of Ghazala escaped unhurt. The gunmen came in motorcycles and they escaped from the spot soon after the shooting.

Police officers told media they were discovering the facts behind the attack and to establish the persons who are behind the attack. They said that the singer’s relations had asked police not to file any charges against anybody as yet.

In recent past, several musicians and singers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa area have been shot dead by local Taliban, who have stated music “un-Islamic”. Some musicians have escaped the north-west areas after receiving repeated threats from militants.

Ghazala Javed was shot 6 times by the gunmen. Although police have no evidence for assuming Talibans responsible for the murder, they have said her ex-husband was under the suspect list of the case.

Two years ago, Ghazala Javed married Jehangir Khan, whose native is Peshawar. Last year, as differences emerged between them, she left Jehangir Khan’s home and started living with her father.

Javed belonged to earlier Taliban stronghold of the Swat Valley. Media reports stated she had filed a case for dissolution with her husband. It is very rare for the women in deeply traditional northwest areas of Pakistan to ask for a divorce. But, under Islamic law, men can have up to four wives at once.

The female singer reached fame after her performance in the state-run PTV. Javed sung in Pashto language, her native language and released nearly two dozen video and audio albums which were popular among Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and among Pashto people living in the north-west Pakistan and Middle East.

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