A popular Pashto singer Ghazala Javed was shot dead along with her father outside a beauty salon in Peshawar on Monday night just as she was heading out for a performance. Though Ghazala had to flee from her native place, Swat, because of the Taliban, police suspect the involvement of her estranged husband in the murder.
According to the police, the 24-year-old singer was shot six times by two men who then sped away on a motorcycle. Her two-year-old marriage had turned sour last year and she had sought a divorce after her husband stopped her from singing.
The singer had moved to Peshawar from Swat in 2009 fearing a Taliban attack after terrorists ran over the valley. Prior to fleeing Swat, she had received threats from the terrorists and had been forced to stop singing because of their diktats.
She had a number of albums of Pashto songs to her name and was particularly popular among the younger generation. Born into a family of musicians, she had a following among the Pashtoons of both Pakistan and Afghanistan besides the diaspora.