Pakistan: Singer shot dead by her brothers

28 April 2009
Pashto singer Shamim Aiman Udas was murdered on 26 April 2009. According to her husband, she was killed by her own brothers, reported the Pakistani newspapers Daily Times and The News.

Immediately after the killing of Aiman Udas, it was largely suspected that religious militants might have killed her because several singers, male as well as female, had received threats from certain militant groups.

However, her husband later claimed she was killed by her own brothers for breaking the family traditions by marrying for the second time. In her early 30s, she was divorced and had got married for the second time in March 2009.

Popular tv appearance
The news of the murder of has shocked the artist community of the area as well as thousands of her fans. She was killed at the peak of her career, known as a promising Pashto singer and poetess. She gained popularity as a singer in a very short period of time after she appeared on television only a few months ago.

In one of her more popular songs, ‘Mra shum ashna khu pa jwando ki usam, janana sta pa waswaso ki usa’ she sings about the importance of courage, even to the point of defying death.

According to a news story in Daily Times, Aiman Udas’ husband, Usman Udas, reported at Paharipura Police Station that the singer’s brothers Alamgir and Ismaeel were not happy with her having singing profession despite their disapproval. They allegedly opened fire on her near Koochi Plaza and killed her. Police registered a case against the two accused.

According to The News International, Aiman Udas (also spelled: Ayman Udaas) was shot dead inside her flat on the Dilazak Road on 27 April.

Her death “is absolutely unacceptable,” Ahmad Ali Adil of the University of Peshawar told RFE / RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan, calling the crime “a murder of humanity.” He said that unless society changes, several other female performers will face similar problems.




Aimin Udas

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Radio Liberty – 29 April 2009:

‘Female Pakistani Singer Killed In Peshawar’

Daily Times, Pakistan – 28 April 2009:

‘Pashto female singer killed’

The News International, Pakistan – 28 April 2009:

‘A melodious voice silenced with bullets’

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