PAKISTAN TODAY, THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL (Pakistan)
PESHAWAR – Ghazala Javed, a popular Pakistani singer was shot and killed along with her father near Peshawar in northwest Pakistan.
According to initial medical examinations, Javed, still in her 20s, was shot by unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle, who fired a total of six bullets into her chest, hand and back, Pakistan Today reports. The father of the Pashto singer, who was standing behind her, was also killed in the drive-by shooting.
Police have launched an investigation to see whether the Taliban were involved in the murder –Javed famously defied the Islamist group's decree against singing and dancing.
Authorities are also looking to see if her former husband had any role in the incident, the Pakistani website The News International reports. Last year Javed made headlines when she asked for a divorce from her husband --a rare decision in Pakistan's deeply conservative and male-dominated society.
Watch Ghazala Javed perform in the video below.