SWABI: Renowned folk singer Darwesh Khan of Swabi was killed by unidentified armed men on Bamkhel Road late on Friday.
"Sixty-year-old Darwesh Khan, a resident of Maniri, was returning home after performing at Punpir village when armed assailants opened fire at his car, killing him on the spot,” police told The Express Tribune.
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Khan received six bullets and was left in the same condition on the road until police received a tip-off the next morning, after which his body was sent for autopsy.
In an initial report, police confirmed that it was a case of target killing. Due to deterioration in the security situation, authorities have cautioned all performers to inform pertinent police stations before any performance. They, police said, failed to do so.
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Darwesh was noted for folk singing and narrating folklore in public performances in Swabi, Mardan and Nowshera. He was respected for his nationalistic songs in gatherings, his team member Ajmal Khan said. “We lost a voice of love, a spirit that loved music. We mourn his fate," Ajmal said.
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