Ghazala Javed

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Ghazala Javed
File:Ghazala Javed (1988-2012).jpg
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
Occupation(s) Singer, Dancer
Instruments Vocal
Years active 2004–2012

Ghazala Javed (غزاله 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]


Ghazala was born on 1 January 1988 age 26 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 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] She is also the wife of Roohullah Grand son of saifoor.

Personal life

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.


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] 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.[9]


  • 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

* Ghazala Javed Picture Gallery & Songs


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  2. "Popular Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed shot dead". Daily News. New York.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Stunning singer who defied Taliban and divorced husband after finding out he had second wife is shot dead as she leaves beauty salon by Emma Ryenolds, 19 June 2012.
  4. Pashtun Singing Star Ghazala Javed: Why Was She Killed?
  5. "Khyber Pakhtunkhwa female singers re-emerge". Central Asia Online. October 2, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Daily Mail news about Ghazala Javed death". London: Daily Mail. June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Popular female Pakistani singer killed in drive-by shooting". CNN. June 19, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Pashto singer Ghazala Javed's ex-husband sentenced to death". The Express Tribune. 17 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9.; PHC, Cr.A. 664/2013