ISLAMABAD: Renowned singer turned Naat Khawan Junaid Jamshed is being remembered on his fourth death anniversary.
Religious preacher Junaid Jamshed and his second wife died on 7th December 2016 in the horrible crash of Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flight PK-661 in Havelian. The flight was en route to Islamabad from Chitral.
He was in Chitral for a Tablighi Jamaat mission and was returning to Islamabad. Jamshed, aged 52, was born on 3rd September 1964 in Karachi.
His father Jamshed Akber Khan was a retired Group Captain in Pakistan Air Force. After graduating from local boarding high school in Lahore, Jamshed proceeded to join the PAF, initially focusing to become a professional F-16 fighter pilot. However, due to weak eye-sight, his nomination papers were rejected by the PAF selection board.
Jamshed gained a Bachelor of Science, graduating in Mechanical Engineering in 1990. And join PAF as a civilian contractor and moved on to a short-lived career in aeronautical engineering.
In 1983, Jamshed start performing rock music gig. The release of ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ in 1987 took him to the eternal heights of fame. The song was released on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day.
His music album ‘Vital Signs’ became immensely popular. After meeting well-known preacher and scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel, Junaid Jamshed turned to religion preacher. In 2007, the government of Pakistan awarded him Tamgha-e-Imtiaz. He also owned a popular clothing brand that has several outlets throughout Pakistan and abroad.