Former Pakistani Singer and Jehadi preacher once accused of blasphemy, Junaid Jamshed dead in a plane crash
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-661 carrying 48 passengers and crew crashed on the domestic flight to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday morning. There were no survivors from the ill-fated flight.
Former singer and Islamic evangelist Junaid Jamshed and his wife Nayha Junaid were on board Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661, which crashed on the way to Islamabad from Chitral today. Junaid Jamshed and Nayha are confirmed dead.
Quaid-e-Azam, manager of the Hindukush Heights hotel in Chitral, said Jamshed had been in the town as part of a 15-day preaching tour.
Jamshed soared to fame in the 1980s with Vital Signs, one of Pakistan’s first pop bands. e soared to fame as the front man of one of Pakistan’s most iconic pop bands. And then at the height of his music career, he gave it up to devote his life to Tablighi Jamaat, a highly conservative, proselytising Islamic Sunni movement.
In France, as many as “80% percent of the Islamist extremists have come from Tablighi ranks, prompting French intelligence officers to call Tablighi Jamaat the ‘antechamber of fundamentalism‘ instigating muslims towards violent jehad
In 2014, Jamshed was investigated in Pakistan for blasphemy after he was caught on camera allegedly insulting one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives. He later apologized for his remarks but Pakistan fundamentalist Islamic leaders called for his death.
At the time of his death, the singer had almost 2.8 million Facebook fans. He was also placed in a list of World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.