Ghazala Javed

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Ghazala Javed
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Background information
Birth name Ghazala Javed
Also known as Ghazala
Born (1988-01-01)January 1, 1988
Swat Valley,[1] Pakistan
Origin Peshawar, Pakistan
Died June 18, 2012(2012-06-18) (aged 24)
Peshawar, Pakistan
Genres Pop, Folk
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2004 - 2012

Ghazala Javed (غزالة جاويد) (January 1, 1988[2] – June 18, 2012) was a Pakistani female singer of Pashto music from Swat Valley.[1] She began singing since 2004 and was "popular with young, progressive ethnic Pashtuns in northwest Pakistan."[3] Her music was famous not only in Pakistan but also in neighboring Afghanistan and among Pashtuns around the world.[1]

Career[edit]

Ghazala was born on 1 January 1988 in Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan.[1] In late 2007, the Pakistani Taliban were strengthening their grip in Swat so the young Ghazala and her family fled to the city of Peshawar. They settled in Peshawar and Ghazala began her singing career, subsequently recorded the songs "Baran dy baran dy" and "Lag rasha kana". Later in her career, she sang more melodious songs and became known amongst the Pashtun people of Pakistan, Afghanistan and those living abroad.

She began appearing in stage-shows in Dubai and Kabul, Afghanistan, where she earned $12,000 to $15,000 per night for singing at wedding parties. According to Radio Kabul director Abdul Ghani Mudaqiq, "She was paid more than any other Pashtun artist—male or female—in Kabul... She was our most requested and popular Pashto singer."[4] Her songs "Za lewaney da mena", "Za da cha khqula ta fikar wari yem", and "Mena ba kawo Janana mena ba kawo" had a positive critical reception.[5] She was nominated for a Filmfare Award in 2010 and received a Khyber Award in 2011.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On 7 February 2010, Ghazala married Jehangir Khan, a property dealer in Peshawar, but of late was living with her father due to differences with her husband. She learned that her husband had another wife before her and that divulgation eventually led to her separation from Javed. In November 2010, she separated from her husband and moved to her parents' home. On 12 October 2011, Ghazala filed a petition in the civil court of Asghar in Swat for divorce from Jehangir. The court decided in her favor on 4 December 2011.

Death[edit]

Ghazala, along with her father, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting by gunmen on a motorcycle.[6][7] On 16 December 2013 Swat District and Sessions Court found her former husband, Jahangir Khan guilty of killing her and her father and awarded him two death sentences along with Rs70 million in fines.[8]

Discography[edit]

  • 2009 - Ghazala Javed Vol.1
  • 2010 - Ghazala Javed And Nazia Iqbal
  • 2010 - Ghazala Javed Vol.2
  • 2010 - Raza Che Rogha Okro
  • 2011 - Best Of Ghazala Javed
  • 2011 - Ghazala Javed Vol.3
  • 2011 - Zo Spogmaii Yum
  • 2012 - Zhwandon TV concert in Afghanistan

See also[edit]

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