Junaid Jamshed, a well-known Pakistani pop star turned evangelical Muslim cleric, was on board the crashed aircraft, according to Ahmed, the PIA official in Chitral.
Jamshed, a singer in one of Pakistan’s first major rock bands in the 1990s, abandoned his singing career to join the Tableeghi Jamaat group, which travels across Pakistan and abroad preaching about Islam.
In his last tweet, Jamshed posted pictures of a snow-capped mountain quoting that, with my friends in the path of ALLAH almighty, calling Chitral “Heaven on Earth”. The region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Pakistan.
Heaven on Earth Chitral.
With my friends in the Path of Allah . Snowpacked Tirchmir right behind us pic.twitter.com/ZajcWEKlrG
— Junaid Jamshed (@JunaidJamshedPK) December 4, 2016
He was born on September 3, 1964. Well known for a recording artist, television personality, fashion designer, host and Naat Khawan.
After graduating with a degree in engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (Lahore), Jamshed served as a civilian contractor and engineer for the Pakistan Air Force before focusing on a musical career.
Jamshed first gained nationwide fame and international recognition as group ‘Vital Signs’ vocalist in 1987 with the number one single ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’.
It was year 2004 when Jamshed left both his engineering and music careers to revert back to the roots of Islam and started reciting Naats on TV and releasing them on CD’s.
His debut religious album, ‘Jalwa-e-Janan’ was released in 2005 and was followed by ‘Mehboob-e-Yazdaan’ in 2006, ‘Badr-ud-Duja’ in 2008, and ‘Badee-uz-Zaman’ in 2009. -Reuters/Aajtv