PESHAWAR: Afghan singer Gulnaz, alias Muskan, was shot dead in Peshawar, Express News reported on Thursday.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead a popular female singer in the latest attack against women artists, officials said.
Gulnaz, 38, famous under her performing name Muskan, was shot by four gunmen who barged into her house on Wednesday.
“The singer Gulnaz has been shot dead,” local police station chief Riazul Haq told AFP.
“She had married three times and had some personal enmities.”
She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment where she succumbed to her injuries.
Police lodged a First Information Report (FIR) on her brother’s request at the Gulberg police station.
The police have collected evidence from the crime scene and an investigation is underway.
Attacks against female singers are common in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, where many consider the performing arts to be un-Islamic.
A young actress suffered burn injuries in June last year when she had acid hurled at her while she was sleeping.
The 18-year-old, known as Bushra and popular in the northwest for her film, television and theatre appearances, was attacked at her home in the town of Nowshera, 150 kilometres northwest of Islamabad.
Popular singer Ghazala Javed, 24, was shot dead by gunmen as she left a beauty salon in Peshawar two years ago over a dispute with her ex-husband.