ISLAMABAD Dec 7 Junaid Jamshed, a Pakistani pop
star turned evangelical Muslim cleric, was on board an aircraft
that crashed into a mountainside on Wednesday, a airline
official told Reuters.
Jamshed rocketed to fame in Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s
as the singer for the Vital Signs rock group, and later launched
a solo career, with a string of chart-topping albums and hits.
His name appeared 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.
Jamshed retired from music in 2001 and announced that he was
devoting his life to Islam, joining the conservative Tableeghi
Jamaat religious organisation.
(Reporting by Asad Hashim; Editing by Robert Birsel)