Target killing: Pashto singer Ghazala Javed, father gunned down in Peshawar

Published: June 18, 2012
Ghazala Javed was renowned for singing in Pushto.

Ghazala Javed was renowned for singing in Pushto.

PESHAWAR: Renowned Pashto language singer Ghazala Javed was shot dead along with her father in Peshawar on Monday.

According to details, Ghazala was visiting a beauty parlour in Mohalla Nuo, Dabagari for pre-show preparations. When she left the saloon with her father, two unknown armed men riding a motorbike fired on her.

Ghazala received six bullet wounds and her father four. The singer was pronounced dead at arrival at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).

SP city Asif Iqbal said that initial reports suggested that her ex-husband, Jahangir, from whom she had gotten a divorce after only six months of marriage, could be responsible for the attack.

Ghazala’s mother is lodging an FIR at the Shah Qabool station in the Walled City area of Peshawar.

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 18, 2012 - 11:28PM

    I think people will be quick to blame it on Taliban but i will not. I have seen the mentality of the people there and unless and until the mindset will not be changed it will remain like that. So change the mindset of the people and everything will be fine then. Blaming extremist is not the solution. In Punjab may be there will be extremists but singers and artists are not gunned down and the reason is that people are tolerant in Punjab.


  • Umair Khan
    Jun 18, 2012 - 11:36PM

    this is sad :( when God has made Life, Respect and Money of an individual forbidden to be taken by anyone then till when in our society things be decided in Unislamic way? Yes she was a singer but who gave the right to kill her to anyone? this is sad :( very very very sad. Her killers must know that they have committed biggest sin of taking anyone`s life which is as if they have killed whole of Human Kind :( she was just a singer….. not a killer at least like them


    Jun 18, 2012 - 11:49PM

    so SAD may god bless him.(ameen)


  • zeeshan sheikh
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:08AM

    why no one is blaming it on taliban. however she may not deserved to die. RIP


  • kamran khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:11AM

    god bless him


  • Wtf?
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:17AM

    PPP is behind this- a last vain attempt to distract people so they stay in power for a few more months


  • Salman Arshad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:19AM

    This is sad.
    This would not have occurred in a proper Islamic state, as she would not have been allowed to sing, thus saving her life, by removing the root cause of such murders.


  • musa khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:21AM

    very sad news


  • bashir ahmed
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:33AM

    very sad , may ALLAH bless her and her father. but its not humanity


  • Hafeez
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:34AM

    @Ordinary Villager:
    You are totally beating around the wrong bush. If you read carefully, the news item says that it may be the job of her ex husband. As far tolerance is concerned, in pushtoon society there is no such case as of Mukhatan Mai in Punjab. So you better not try to be narrow minded. Cheers:)


  • sajid
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:40AM

    its so sad , this is not the humenity ,she was a nice singer we should respect this kind of singers , Allah bless her ,and its really so sad,,,Recommend

    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:46AM

    Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un
    Allah Rest Her Soul in Peace
    Since the time I came to know that she shot dead, I felt and feeling great sorrow for the people who are involved in her murder because they acted like worse than animals. In Pakistan no one is safe and without any hesitation the governing bodies should be blamed but I am glad to see her walking to Jannah. May Allah forgive our sins.
    Allah Bless All of You


  • Abid Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 12:49AM

    She had a great voice and it is sad to hear such a tragic death of the talent. She was from humble background but proved her talent in meager resources. She was facing family issues for some time especially after marriage. Safety and security of the province is down the drain and it is not first incident either. People get advantage of situation, family members or outside.


  • Mohammad, Afghanistan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:38AM

    It is very fool to kill someone who serves the society. I will say that a shinning moon drowned on this unlucky nation. I wish peace and stability soon return to the Pashtun society.
    د داسې خلکو چې د ټولنې خدمت کوي وژل ډېر احمقانه کار دی. غواړم ووایم چې له دغه بدبخته ولس څخه یوه ځلانده سپوږمۍ پرېوته. هیله ده چې سوله او ثبات یو ځل بیا د پښتنو ټولنې ته ژر راشي.


  • AllahRukha
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:45AM

    @Ordinary Villager:
    In Punjab may be there will be extremists but singers and artists are not gunned down and the reason is that people are tolerant in Punjab.

    Two years ago about 100 hundred Ahmadis were massacred when they were performing Friday prayers. Yes, people were killed while praying and the CM + governor did not bother to visit any venue of carnage.

    And you say people are tolerant in Punjab!!!!

    Rest in peace Ghazala and her dad. Ameen
    (from a Pakistani)


  • Akbar
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:52AM

    so sad may god bless him. Ameen………..


  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:00AM

    Well Aftab Sherpao recently said that anit-Pashtoon elements are behind the terrorism in the province. Just like all other politicians, when their personal attraction fades away they come up with some lingual and ethnic slogans, just like the one sherpao made. He may actually blame the above killing by saying “the murder was actually to deprieve Pashtoons from their culture” or something like that. The day four provinces will forget their ethnic and lingual boundries, there will be no more chaos in the country. Simple as that!

    Sherpao Khappy!


  • Jun 19, 2012 - 2:17AM

    oh oh oh my heart is crying.may Allah rest her soul in peace..she had equally right to live in this world like us..may Allah take her to jannat.


  • Jun 19, 2012 - 2:22AM

    oh oh oh oh oh…… heart is crying..may Allah keep her soul in peace..she had equall right to live in this world like that of us..may Allah take her to jannat..


  • Sheheryar Abid
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:54AM

    Assalamo Alaikum,

    Its very sad to hear that She”s killed, She doesn’t deserve it, There’s no reason to end some buddy;s life like this, If she was singer or whatever, Her husband has done very bad , And yes it has spoiled the Pakistanis Image around the world again.


  • Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:03AM

    Hey guys this is big tragedy for Pashton people we should know about who’s our enemy is ISI is Pashton people big enemy


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:22AM

    Rest in Peace both of you father and daughter , it is so barbaric, it is beyond me.As a Pukhtun myself I will say this is not the Pukhtun way to kill unarmed people and on the top of that a woman. Is there any chivalry in by gunning down unarmed citizens. She was an artist and when art dies in any nation that nation dies with it.


  • Khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:49AM

    @Ordinary Villager:
    It seems you just love to punch your keyboard for the sake of it?
    These type of incidents only started recently (in last 4-5 yrs) .. there are dozen other well respected Pushto female singers e.g Zar Sanga, MS Qazalbash, Gulnar Begum, Kamar Gula, Shakila Naz and many others who has served Pashto music for many decades and their melodious voices were loved by every one alike.
    Our culture was very tolerant un till Genral Zia played a havoc with it by bringing criminals from around the world for their own geopolitical agendas.


  • Yousaf shinwary
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:01AM

    Not good at all well she was singer but it’s her life but she doesn’t need that at all ……


  • Amber
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:55AM

    That is so sad to hear i personaly was never a fan of hers but noboday had the right to kill her. Whats happening to us? why have we become so numb to such incidents why no one takes an action? i am sure she will be remembered for two days tops nd will be forgotten in no time… I hope we learn a lesson from this!!!
    we could be a victum of same circumstances!!
    R.I.P Ghazala & her father nd all the innocent souls who lost their lives


  • Adnaan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 7:55AM

    In my personal opinion this is cowardly action killing of innocent singer she was a best pashto singer,so Pakistani policemen have to investigate to find those people who has killed that innocent singer.


  • Rabia Sheikh
    Jun 19, 2012 - 8:27AM

    so sad…its not humanity….ALLAH rest her soul in peace


  • S
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:05PM

    Very sad, such young talent, don’t understand why someone will do this!


  • You Said It
    Jun 19, 2012 - 1:46PM

    PPP is behind this- a last vain attempt to distract people so they stay in power for a few more months

    Why PPP – why not say PTI is behind this – a last vain attempt to distract people so they don’t have to conduct intra-party elections or more flop jalsas.


  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:04PM

    @Khan: Yeah Yeah Again blame it on Zia and on other evil forces. Like it or not but you are intolerant than others in Pakistan. I know you are Angels and Devils from other regions are playing with innocents. I spent my life in Pesahwar and i know the mentality of the people very well.


  • mateen
    Jun 19, 2012 - 2:32PM

    Whoever is responsible, whomever liability is framed, a sweet melodious voice is silenced.


  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:21PM

    “SP city Asif Iqbal said that initial reports suggested that her ex-husband, Jahangir” Why would ET make a headline of target killing???


  • Taji
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:24PM

    The singers and artists are the people who project love and harmony and preach tolerance. By silencing them, the killers want to spread fear and then impose their ignorant view points on the rest of the society.


  • ather khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 3:55PM

    sad, very sad to lost a jewel from our society. but please don’t bring nationalism in it. it is simply a result of lawlessness. police are busy protecting vips . and criminals are doing what they do best.


  • azad
    Jun 19, 2012 - 4:59PM

    people always talk and blame the mindset for such brutal and inhuman action, but who had engineered this type of mindset! actually our state functionaries and more prominently Mula-Militrya has nurtured and sponsored such type of mindset vide educational system, defacing of culture and other subliminal ways. the bade side is that the problem is overwhelming and contagious because of absence of corrective measures.

    Regarding Ghazala Javed! she was a decent, beautiful and precious human being, her soul shall be in rest and peace.

    Sorry for the Killer, for the worse action performed! We are ashamed for them.


  • Maulana Diesel
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:27PM

    @Ordinary Villager:
    “……..people are tolerant in Punjab.”

    Are you out of your mind?

    All these lashkar-e-jhangvi, Sipah Sahaba and other like minded outfits are the product of Punjab. Let us not forget the massacre of a 100 Ahmadis just a couple years ago.


  • Noble Tufail
    Jun 19, 2012 - 5:45PM

    if only they knew that human life is precious by any standard! :(


  • smj
    Jun 19, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Another sad incident of a crumbling society.


  • azaz khan
    Jun 19, 2012 - 8:19PM

    @Ordinary Villager…

    You dont know Taliban even also listen to these pushto singers… you dont know how pushtoons both elders and young listen to pushto music and they respect it a lot more than they will give it to any other artist.

    She was gun down due to family matterz though which is common in pushton society i must say


  • Jun 19, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Very sad…


  • Anonymous
    Jun 19, 2012 - 9:31PM

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  • angel
    Jun 20, 2012 - 12:06AM

    Lets be with what Ghazala was or what she was doing now. Besides everything she was a human being and a female. Killing of females was against the cultural values of pushtun society. But one wonders what has happened to us now. Where this intolerance came from? Ghazala Javed was the most beautiful and melodious singer among her contemporary female pashtun singers. She had a melodios and sweet voice. Pashto music has suffered a huge loss. She will always be remebered for her decent looks and sweet voice and the contribution she made to pashto music. May she rest in peace along with her father and the assasins be punished severely.


  • Jun 20, 2012 - 2:45AM

    Is this the Land of Great Sufi saints? Can any body answer?


  • Cynical
    Jun 20, 2012 - 10:51AM

    @Salman Arshad

    Agreed.Singing banned, no singer around, no singer killed.Recommend

  • Jun 20, 2012 - 11:37AM

    oh oh oh oh oh…… heart is crying..may Allah keep her soul in peace..she had equall right to live in this world like that of us..may Allah take her to jannat..


  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Jun 20, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Pushtho culture is double edged sword. It has a Pashtho edge and a religious edge. They have none that is called progressive . This is the bench mark.


  • Aasma
    Jun 21, 2012 - 7:37AM

    Pakistan has no hope of survival. Farewell Pakistan…


  • Rayed khan
    Jun 21, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Gazala javed z one of my favrte & greatest pashto singer.
    As far as her death is concernd God bles her soul,the death of ghazala javed z very saddest news …
    This is not the right of huminity. Nd forces should tak action against her cruel killers as fast as posible. . . . ,


  • Muhammad Rizwan A
    Jun 25, 2012 - 9:51AM

    She was killed, because she was woman, women has no life in Pakistan, they can not live their life.
    God save Pakistani women…


  • Raza
    Jun 30, 2012 - 1:32PM

    It’s very sad news she is only 20


  • Khaliq Raza
    Jul 6, 2012 - 11:11PM

    Very Sad, God May Soul in Peace.Ghazalla Javed is the heartbet of khyber Pakhtunkhawa people. khaliq Raza Marwat And Muhammad Farooq Mardan


  • Khaliq Raza
    Jul 6, 2012 - 11:13PM

    God may Soul in Peace


  • Aug 5, 2012 - 4:28AM

    Ghazala javed was the great singre of pashto songs. She was the beautiful and more nice nice nice girl. She was the simple girl. She was not show at all the bad charactor because she thought bad thinkings are not place in my mind. She was the most followed of islam. She comleted his thought of the bad habbits.Khuda tallah Ghazala javed gaves us in place of heaven and he punished it his enemies who attacked it for killed.Aammmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnn.
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