- Ghazala Javed recorded scores of songs in her native Pashto language
- She became a household name among young, progressive ethnic Pashtuns
- She had just left a beauty salon and was headed home with her father
- Gunmen on a motorcycle sprayed their car with bullets and both were killed, police said
(CNN) – A popular female Pakistani singer who defied the Taliban’s decree against singing and dancing was shot and killed in northwest Pakistan Monday night, police and hospital officials told CNN.
Authorities described the singer’s ex-husband as a suspect in the case, and said early indications were that the Taliban were not involved, according to police official Imtiaz Altaf.
Ghazala Javed, who recorded scores of songs in her native Pashto language and became a household name among young, progressive ethnic Pashtuns in northwest Pakistan, had just left a beauty salon and was driving home with her father when gunmen on a motorcycle raced towards their car and sprayed it with bullets, Altaf said.
Javed was hit with six bullets and pronounced dead at a hospital in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, according to hospital official Rahim Afridi. Javed’s father also was killed, police said.