PESHAWAR: Ghazala Javed recorded four songs for her new album and was planning to sing two duets with Rahim Shah after returning from beauty parlour when she was ambushed by armed men in Dabgari, said the family of the slain popular singer who was shot dead along with her father on Monday night.
The police are conducting raids at various places after lodging the first information report (FIR) against her former husband of Ghazala Javed, Jehangir Khan, and his two accomplices Naseer Khan and Salam Khan. The popular artiste and her father, Javed, were laid to rest at Tahirabad, Mingora in Swat.
Thousands of fans of Ghazala Javed, in her 20s, are still in shock. They were anxiously waiting for her new album but they got the news of her sudden death at the hands of the killers.The social media forums, Facebook and Twitter, are abuzz with condolence messages for the singer, who has recently emerged on the music screen and had earned extraordinary popularity in a short span of time.
“I have four sons and as many daughters but I would not allow any of my daughters to sing anymore,” said the mother of the slain singer.The mother said Ghazala just recorded four songs for her new album, the first one after her re-entry into the world of music, and was planning for two more songs when she was targetted. “She requested her father to allow her to stay for two more days in Peshawar as she was so much attached to the city,” recalled her mother while sitting with the body of her spouse and daughter.
Farhat, the younger sister of Ghazala, remained unharmed as armed men opened fire at the good-looking vocalist in Dabgari, once a popular market for musicians. “She told me that she is feeling suffocated after quitting singing. Her former spouse was after our family and used to threaten us,” said Farhat.
Ghazala Javed, belonging to Swat, shot to fame when she shifted along with her family to Peshawar at a time when militancy was at peak in her district. Once an ordinary dancer, she got a sudden boost due to her pretty looks when she appeared on different television channels in Peshawar.
Later a local from Peshawar Jehangir Khan tied the knot with Ghazala Javed but the wedding didn’t prove successful. She was allegedly forced by her in-laws not to sing. However, Ghazala and her father were more interested in the field of music.
In April 2009, another popular female singer Ayman Udas was killed allegedly by her family on the Dilazak Road. The family was not happy with her singing career. In November 2009, a popular Pashto singer from Quetta, Yasmin Gul, was found dead inside her house in a mysterious condition. A dancer, Naheed, was killed by robbers while returning from a concert a couple of years ago.