Junaid Jamshed’s life at a glance

ISLAMABAD: National icon Junaid Jamshed and his wife are believed to have been on board the ill-fated PIA plane which crashed near Abbottabad today.
Dil Dil Pakistan fame singer, later turned religious scholar have died today in a plane crash heading from Chitral to Islamabad.
Junaid Jamshed was born in Karachi on September 3, 1964 in Karachi, while his father was on a senior post in Pakistan Air Force. Junaid wanted to join PAF as F-16 pilot, but due to his eyesight weakness, he studied mechanical engineering and became an engineer in PAF.
Jamshed first gained nationwide prominence and recognition as singer in ‘Vital Signs’ band in 1987 with the album, Vital Signs 1, which later topped the Music Channel Charts around the country. Most of his famous and ever remembered single was Dil Dil Pakistan.
In 2004, Jamshed’s life took a dramatic turn, after which he left his music career and since then, he focused only on religious activities for Islam and reciting Naats. His appearance changed drastically. He built a fashion boutique house in the name of J., which later emerged as one of the major fashion outlet brand of Pakistan.
In 2007, Jamshed received the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the then president.
His name appeared among 49 others on a passenger manifest for Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) flight PK661, which crashed near the northern town of Havelian. His presence on board was confirmed by Sohail Ahmed, a PIA official in Chitral.
He along with his wife died in a plane crash today on December 7 at the age of 52.
The whole nation expressed deep grief over sad demise of such a great person and poured tribute to him.

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