Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Popular Pop Star-Turned-Islamic-Preacher Junaid Jamshed Died in Pakistani Plane Crash Today?

At least 43 bodies have been recovered from the site of a plane crash Wednesday near Abbottabad, Pakistan, local police said.

A total of 48 people were on board, according to Pakistan International Airlines.

The airline said the ATR-42 aircraft was carrying 48 people -- 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer -- when it lost contact with a control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad.

Pop star-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed was among those on board Flight PK-661, his manager, Arsalan Khan, told CNN.

Jamshed soared to fame in the 1980s with Vital Signs, one of the most iconic pop bands in Pakistan.

After a successful career as a solo singer in the 1990s, Jamshed gave up pop stardom to focus on religious music, or "nasheeds."

His last tweet, posted Sunday, showed pictures of "Heaven on Earth" in Chitral -- the northern Pakistan city where the plane took off.

Authorities have not given a number of casualties

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