Junaid Jamshed, pop icon-turned-religious preacher died four year back on this day with his second wife also along with 47 people died in a terrifying plane crash near Abbotabad.
Heaven on Earth Chitral.— Junaid Jamshed (@JunaidJamshedPK) December 4, 2016
With my friends in the Path of Allah . Snowpacked Tirchmir right behind us pic.twitter.com/ZajcWEKlrG
Junaid Jamshed Khan was a Pakistani recording artist, television personality, fashion designer, occasional actor, singer-songwriter, and preacher. After graduating with a degree in engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Jamshed briefly worked as a civilian contractor and engineer for the Pakistan Air Force before focusing on a musical career.
Jamshed first gained nationwide prominence and international recognition as group "Vital Signs" vocalist in 1987 with the album, Vital Signs 1. It included the singles "Dil Dil Pakistan", and "Tum Mil Gaye". The commercial success of Vital Signs' first album helped develop Pakistan's rock music industry.
In 2003, the BBC World Service conducted a poll to choose the most popular songs, which received around 7,000 entries from all over the world. According to BBC, people from 155 countries and territories voted in the poll. "Dil Dil Pakistan" was ranked third among the top 10 songs.
In 1994, he released his debut solo album, Junaid of Vital Signs followed by Us Rah Par in 1999 and Dil Ki Baat in 2002. In 2004, Jamshed left both his engineering and music careers and, afterwards, focused on his religious activities for Islam and reciting nasheeds on TV and releasing them on CDs.
Jamshed also owned a clothing boutique with the name "J." (read as "Jay Dot"), which has several outlets throughout Pakistan and some abroad.
In November 2014, Jamshed was accused of blasphemy and in December 2014, in a video message, he apologized for offending people and making mistakes.
Its about time v as a nation decide that v will not let these religious fanatics prevail amongst us . They will be exposed n brought to task— Junaid Jamshed (@JunaidJamshedPK) March 27, 2016
On 7 December 2016, Junaid Jamshed returning to Islamabad aboard PIA Flight 661, which crashed near Havelian, Khyber Paktunkhwa, killing all on board. Jamshed was en route to deliver the Friday sermon at the Parliament mosque. He is survived by his first wife, Ayesha, three sons, and a daughter.
On 15 December 2016, his funeral prayer offered in Moin Khan Academy, Karachi where Tariq Jamil led and Junaid's fans attend the prayer. In 2018, Jamshed was posthumously nominated for the nation's third highest civilian honour, the Sitara-i-Imtiaz.
Today marks his fourth death anniversary. May Allah (SWT) bless Junaid Jamshed and martyrs of this tragic incident with exalted positions in Jannah.