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Popular Pakistani Singer Gunned Down

Ghazala Javed had a loyal following among Pashto speakers around the world.
Ghazala Javed had a loyal following among Pashto speakers around the world.
By RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Popular Pashto-language singer Ghazala Javed has been shot dead along with her father in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Local authorities said Javed's husband, whom she'd left after discovering that he had another wife and resisting his demand that she end her musical career, was a suspect.

Police and medical sources told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that Javed, who was in her early 20s, was shot by men riding on a motorbike as she left a beauty salon on June 18.

The chief of Lady Reading Hospital, Azam Jan Afridi, said Javed had been shot six times. Her father, who was with her, was also killed, while a sister who was also at the scene survived.
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Peshawar District police chief Haji Imtiaz told Radio Mashaal that the three assailants were believed to have included her former husband, Jahangir Khan.

"Ghazala Javed, her father, and her younger sister left a beauty parlor and were sitting in her car when the assailants Jahangir, Salam, and Bashir opened fire on them," Imtiaz said. "As a result, her sister survived, while Ghazala Javed was killed."

There was no word on whether the alleged assailants had been captured by police.

Javed sang in her native Pashto language and had released a number of albums that were popular among young people in Pakistan’s northwest.

She also had a loyal fan following among Pashto speakers around the world.

Javed reportedly married businessman Jahangir Khan in 2010 but divorced after finding out he had another wife and because he tried to ban her from singing.

Javed originally came from the northwestern Swat Valley.

From 2007 to 2009, the Taliban seized control of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, terrorizing the local populace with murders and attacks on girls' schools and music shops.

Javed fled to Peshawar in 2009 as the military launched a major offensive to retake control of the area.

With reporting by AFP
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by: MaGioZal from: São Paulo - Brazil
June 19, 2012 06:51
Maybe her “crime” was not wearing a burka or veil…

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 19, 2012 11:06
Was it maybe because she did not take part in the Eurovision "song" contest in Baku the other month???

by: Jack from: US
June 19, 2012 12:13
her crime was she sang songs not approved by US government and Saudi Arabia with their friendly Wahhabi Sunni activists
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by: Jack from: US
June 19, 2012 13:07
United States the enemy of all Christendom is what I meant to say
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by: wallbangr from: US
June 19, 2012 18:05
Hahahaha. Sure, genius. The US would go out of its way, in Pakistan, to kill a pop star, because they don't like her songs. I'm guessing it was SEAL Team 6 . Jahangir, Salam, and Bashir sound like the names of Navy SEALs to me. This is more outrageous than the usual Pakistani conspiracy theories that abound (e.g., UBL in Abbottabad was a plant!), rather shocking that it came from a purported American. Then again, anyone misguided enough to say that the US us the enemy of Christendom is clearly wearing a tinfoil hat. Why don't you crawl our from your mother's basement once in a while for a reality check?
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by: Jack from: US
June 19, 2012 20:09
that was a post by friendly RFE/RL staff member who is borrowing my name. But in any case, check your facts. US government was killing Christians in Bosnia and Kosovo, along with their allies from Kosovo Liberation Army. US government is now killing Christians and Alawites in Syria, with a help of Wahhabi Sunni peaceful activists
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by: wallbangr from: US
June 19, 2012 21:23
Uh huh. America sure hates those Christians, even though 85% of its population is Christian. Which is why we are backing Sunni regimes across the world in the hopes that they will eventually take over and kill us off along with the Shiia apostates. Makes perfect sense to me. I've got news for you, pal. Just because people who died were Christian doesn't mean they were targeted (by Americans) for their religion. How you can assume we are embracing Wahhabism at the behest of the Saudis as part of a wider campaign to stamp out our own religion is beyond me. And American isn't killing anyone in Syria, Syrians are. Are Saudi Arabia and Qatar trying to arm the resistance? Most likely, though they clearly have had logistical problems getting the arms across the Turkish border. But are the Americans arming them? Not yet. You will know when the Americans enter the fray because it won't be desperate hit-and-run tactics with antiquated WWI era arms and DIY explosive devices. To date, Assad and his (Orthodox Christian) supporters in Russia are doing the vast majority of the killing. The pro-regime thugs (see especially the Shahibba), who have been targeted by the opposition are Muslims -- not Christians. Alawites are a sect of Shiite Islam and are not the Christians you want to associate them with. Sure, there are Christians in Syria, they make up about 9% of the population. And some fear that Christians would be target of the Sunni majority in Syria if the regime were overthrown. But that’s because the Christians are a minority, like their Alawite counterparts. Because these minorities have exerted their will on a second-class majority of Sunni Muslims, the fear is that there will be recriminations. To the extent Syrian Christians are fearful of such recriminations, that's what they get for backing a ruthless despot in the Middle East. Our policy stance towards Assad is about stopping the brutal repression of his people, not about backing Sunnis over Shiites or Muslims over Christians. I might even tend to agree with you if you had some cynical (but coherent) assertion that our hegemonic interests (read: oil and greater exertion of control in the region generally) are really what is driving our protestations -- not our interest in human rights. But to say that we want Assad out because we want to see Christians killed off so that Sunni Islam can establish its global caliphate is so grossly off base as to put you back in the tinfoil hat crowd.

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