Ghazala Javed

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

Ghazala Javed
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Background information
Birth nameGhazala Javed
Also known asGhazala
Born(1988-01-01)January 1, 1988
Swat Valley,[1] Pakistan
OriginPeshawar, Pakistan
DiedJune 18, 2012(2012-06-18) (aged 24)
Peshawar, Pakistan
GenresPop, Folk
Years active2004–2012


Ghazala was born on 1 January 1988 in Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.[4] 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 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."[5] Her songs "Za lewaney da mena", "Za da cha khqula ta fikar wari yem", "kho leg rasha rasha kana"and "Mena ba kawo Janana mena ba kawo" had a positive critical reception.[6] She was nominated for a Filmfare Award in 2010 and received a Khyber Award in 2011.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

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, leading 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.[7]


Ghazala, along with her father, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting by gunmen on a motorcycle, on June 18, 2012.[8] 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 70 million Rs in fines.[9][10] On 22 May 2014 the Peshawar High Court set aside the sentence on the basis of compromise between the heirs of the two victims and Jehangir Khan.[11]


  • 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 alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Popular Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed killed". BBC News. June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  2. ^ "Popular Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed shot dead". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23.
  3. ^ "The Day the Music Died". Newsweek. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  4. ^ "Popular Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed killed". BBC News. June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  5. ^ "The Daily Beast". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  6. ^ "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa female singers re-emerge". Central Asia Online. October 2, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Ghazala Javed: Singer who defied Taliban's decree is shot dead in". The Independent. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  8. ^ "Popular female Pakistani singer killed in drive-by shooting". CNN. June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  9. ^ "Pashto singer Ghazala Javed's ex-husband sentenced to death". The Express Tribune. 17 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Pakistan's Ghazala Javed murder: Ex-husband to hang for killing singer". BBC News. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  11. ^ "Ex-husband acquitted in singer's murder case". DAWN.COM. 2014-05-23. Retrieved 2016-12-17.