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Pashto Singer Ghazala Javed's Ex-Husband Sentenced to Death for Her Murder

Written by Farhan Janjua On 19 December 2013 @ 14:32 pm | No Comments

In Arts & Culture, Breaking News, English, Law, Music, Pakistan, Politics, Religion, South Asia, Weblog

The ex-husband of Pashto singer and anti-Taliban activist Ghazala Javed has been sentenced to death [1] by a court in Pakistan's northwestern Swat district, for murdering the singer and her father in 2012. 

Ghazala Javed (1988-2012). Image courtesy Wikipedia [2]

Ghazala Javed (1988-2012). Image courtesy Wikipedia

During her lifetime, Ghazala Javed bravely defied [3] Taliban pressure to stop singing and spoke up against creeping Talibanization [4]in her hometown Swat. The Taliban were briefly in control of Swat and were cleared from the area after a massive military operation by the Pakistan army in 2009. 

Ghazala's ex-husband Jehangir Khan was awarded a double death sentence along with a Rs 70 million (0.7 million USD) fine. He has announced plans to appeal the decision.

A number of Pakistanis reacted to the court's decision and remembered the enigmatic singer on Twitter.

Following the news of the sentence, SAbaseen expresses relief:

Ghazala was an ethnic-Pashtun and sang in Pakistan's north-western region's language Pashto. One of her fans, a Pashtun Twitter user Schazad Bangash, praised the sentence:

Commenting on the judgement another Pashtun Twitter user Nazrana Yousufzai said:

Expressing his disbelief on the legal and judicial system, Royal Pashtoon responded:

Journalist Javed Aziz Khan posts a portrait of the singer:

Ghazala's Pashto songs were also popular in Afghanistan. Pashto is one of Afghanistan's official languages [17].  Hyprgee posted a clip from Ghazala's last concert in Kabul:


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URLs in this post:

[1] sentenced to death: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25409367

[2] Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghazala_Javed

[3] defied: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/06/28/pakistan-who-killed-pashto-singer-ghazala-javed/

[4] Talibanization : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talibanization

[5] #GhazalaJaved: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GhazalaJaved&src=hash

[6] December 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/SesapZai/statuses/412721636270292992

[7] http://t.co/fZd1eaZufp: http://t.co/fZd1eaZufp

[8] December 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/schazad/statuses/412663298589339649

[9] #RIP: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RIP&src=hash

[10] http://t.co/nmGtukImUj: http://t.co/nmGtukImUj

[11] December 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/NazranaYusufzai/statuses/412583451636662272

[12] @NazranaYusufzai: https://twitter.com/NazranaYusufzai

[13] December 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/samzmer/statuses/412583788208586752

[14] #Peshawar: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Peshawar&src=hash

[15] pic.twitter.com/pKoCTsQgtq: http://t.co/pKoCTsQgtq

[16] December 16, 2013: https://twitter.com/JavedAzizKhan/statuses/412664138167361536

[17] Afghanistan's official languages: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Afghanistan

[18] http://t.co/YrFMCSVMF1: http://t.co/YrFMCSVMF1

[19] @YouTube: https://twitter.com/YouTube

[20] December 18, 2013: https://twitter.com/hyprgee/statuses/413375164748148736

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