PESHAWAR: Just two-day ahead of the World Music Day, being observed on June 21 across the globe, Pashto music lost a melodious voice. On June 18, renowned Pashto singer Ghazala Javed and her father Muhammad Javed were shot dead by unknown gunmen in Peshawar.
Music and social interaction is important and can promote happiness and peace in a society as any society cannot survive without music and arts. Humankind and art cannot function without one another. Music is the most popular forms of human expression. It is an expression of the artist.
Singers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been under attack for the last few years. Music is the ultimate victim whether singers are killed due to personal disputes or by extremists.
The killing of Ghazala Javed sent shocking waves across the region. It is fresh blow to the Pashto music which is already facing the wrath of Taliban. Pashto music has been caused immense loss by Taliban militants who strongly oppose music.
Ghazal Javed also became victim to the family and social pressures which others singers of the region have faced in the past. Unfortunately whenever a melodious voice surfaces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it is silenced either by extremists or by the social taboos.
Three years back, Aiman Udas, a famous Pashto singer was killed allegedly by her brothers who were against her singing.
Father of Nazia Iqbal another famous Pashto singer was also killed in an attack and it is alleged that her husband was behind the attack.
Yasmeen Gul, another Pashto singer from Balochistan was found dead in mysterious circumstances at her home in Quetta.
Parents of renowned Pashto singer Shakeela Naaz were killed in Swabi district. She moved to a foreign country after the killing of her parents. A dancer, Naheed, was killed by robbers while returning from a concert a couple of years ago in Peshawar.
In short, singers in the region have been faced with family and social pressures and the ultimate victim is the Pashto music.
With the rise of Taliban in tribal belt of Pakistan, every aspect of Pashtun culture has been affected. Music was one of the professions which have been caused colossal loss. Hundreds of music shops have been blown up. Dozens have been shut down forcibly.
It will take a long time for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s musical culture to recover from the Taliban’s cruel crackdown on music.
Then Taliban extremists banned music and have threatened several singers. Haroon Bacha, a famous singer left the country for United States after life threats from Taliban.
Though the murder of Ghazala Javed was the result of personal dispute with her ex-husband, however it shows the deep opposition for singers entrenched in Pashtun society. Pashtun loves music but has contempt for the musicians.
A recent example in this regard could be the alleged killing of four girls by a tribal Jirga in remote town of Kohistan. A Jirga in Kohistan allegedly handed down death penalty to four women and two men for dancing at a wedding party.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan took notice of the issue and later a judicial commission submitted a report to the court stating that the girls were not killed. The court disposed of the case.
The arrival of Awami National Party (ANP) a secular and liberal party came in power corridors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has proved to be a ray of hope for Pashto music and art. The culture minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mian Iftikhar in an interview said “We want to defeat terrorism through music and art.”
The provincial government in Khyber Pakthunkhwa opened the 600-seat Nishtar Hall in Peshawar for cultural activities, and music fans defy the Taliban to attend music concerts there.
The government, artists and singer’s community should unite on one platform and work for the promotion of cultural activities in the war-torn province. There is need for financial support to artists and singers and a favorable environment for displaying the regional art.
Besides, artists’ and singer’s problems needs to be solved on priority basis, and an art academy should be constructed to benefit the artist community.
- Suicide blast kills one in KarachiKARACHI: A suicide blast took place near Korangi Crossing, killing at least one person and injuring four
- Mullah Fazlullah escapes drone strike near Pak-Afghan borderPESHAWAR: The chief of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has escaped a US drone strike in
- President summons NA session tomorrowISLAMABAD: The President has summoned the session of the National Assembly to meet at Parliament House,
- Kenya cricket team to tour PakistanLAHORE: Kenya are set to tour Pakistan to play against a second-string team as part of efforts to revive
- Govt hints another slash in POL pricesISLAMABAD: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has come up with good news for masses as he said that
- ISI, MI must be included in Judicial Commission: MalikKARACHI: Former interior minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday said that members of Inter Services Intelligence
- Politics of agitation to create unrest, chaos: Maulana FazlISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Chief, Fazl-ur-Rehman Tuesday said that politics of agitation
- Treason charges politically motivated: MusharrafISLAMABAD: Former military rulers and All Pakistan Muslim League chief Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday said
- Govt allows drone attacks for loans and begging: ImranISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan here on Tuesday once against criticized the government
- Hughes critical after emergency surgerySYDNEY: Australian batsman Phil Hughes was fighting for his life following emergency surgery Tuesday
- FO denies diplomat sacking in BrusselsBRUSSELS: Dispelling the impression that a diplomat posted in Pakistani embassy in Brussels has been
- Imran Khan keeps on violating law: Pervaiz RashidISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid Tuesday accused Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
- Saudi beheads another PakistaniRIYADH: A Pakistani on Tuesday became the eighth person from his country to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia
- Pakistan ready to hold talks with India: PM NawazKATHMANDU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Tuesday said that Pakistan is ready to hold talks with
- Army dispatches relief goods for drought affecteesRAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army has dispatched a consignment of 80 tons of relief goods for drought-hit people
Write a Comment
PESHAWAR: The chief of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has escaped a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province close to the border...
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has urged National Highway Authority to accomplish all ongoing communication projects in the province. He...
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister for local government and rural development Inayatullah Khan here on Monday told the KP assembly that all preparations...
PESHAWAR: A polio worker was injured when unknown armed men attacked polio vaccination team in Charsadda district on Monday. The injured worker was taken...
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has withdrawn from its demand for holding Local Bodies (LB) polls under biometric system. Talking to media, KP...
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says work is being initiated on small and mega hydel power projects in the province to generate one...