Breaking the rules: Ghazala Javed performed songs in her native Pashto language despite the ban on singing and dancing
Relatives mourn over the body of Ghazala Javed (centre) at a hospital in Peshawar
Well-known: Ms Javed's music was popular with young, progressive ethnic Pashtuns in northwest Pakistan
Fraught relationship: Ms Javed's sister has blamed her husband for the attack by a mystery man on a motorbike, who sprayed a car with bullets and killed the singer and her father
Well-known Pashto singer Ghazala Javed and her father were shot and killed by unidentified men in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan, police said on Tuesday.
The men fired indiscriminately at Ms. Javed and her father Mohammad Javed while she was leaving a beauty parlour at the busy Mohallah Nau in Dabgari Bazar on Monday night, the singer’s relatives told police.
The singer’s younger sister, Farhat Bibi, escaped unhurt.
The attackers, who were riding motorcycles, escaped after the shooting.
Police officials told the media that they were ascertaining details of the attack to establish who was behind the crime. They said the singer’s relatives had not asked police to file charges against anyone as yet.
In recent years, several singers and musicians in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province have been gunned down by the local Taliban, who have declared music “un-Islamic”.
Several musicians have fled the northwest after receiving threats from the militants.
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