Pop Star Turned Muslim Cleric On Pakistan Plane

The victims in Wednesday's plane crash in northern Pakistan have been identified.

A Muslim cleric who had a past career as a singer in a Pakistani rock group has been identified as one of the victims in a fatal plane crash in Pakistan on Wednesday, Reuters reported. Junaid Jamshed was on board Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK661 when it crashed in the northern part of the Middle East country, an airline official told Reuters.

A person who identified himself as friend of Jamshed confirmed the cleric's was on board via a tweet.

More than 40 people were on board when the plane crashed after going missing following takeoff. Among the dead are 31 men, nine women and two children, according to Pakistani news outlet Dawn, which acquired the flight's passenger list. None survived.

The names of those on board follow:

Abid Qaiser

Ahsan SS

Ahtiram ul Haq


Akbar Ali

Akhtar Mehmood

Amir Shoukat

Amna Ahmed

Maahrukh Ahmed

Asim Waqas

Ateeq Muhammad

Farah Naz

Farhat Aziz

Gohar Ali

Gul Norani

Haji Nawaz

Han Qiang

Harald Kessler

Hassan Ali

Herwig Eichelbenger

Junaid Nahya

Khan Junaid Jamshed

Mehmood Atud

Mirza Gul

Farhan Ali

Muhammad Ali Khan

Muhammad Khalid Masood

Muhammad Khan

Muhammad Khawar

Muhammad Nouman Shafique

Muhammad Takbeer Khan

Nigar Uddin

Osama Ahmed Warraich

Rani Mehreen

Salman Zainulabidin

Sami SA

Samina Gul

Shamshad Begum

Taiba Aziz

Taimoor Arshid

Umara Khan

Zahida Perveen

The plane originated from the city of Chitral in the country's northwest and was headed to Islamabad, a flight which typically takes a little more than an hour.

Emergency crews responded to the crash site only to find remains that were unrecognizable because bodies suffered severe burns.

PIA issued a brief statement upon learning of the crash:

"PIA's ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago," the airline said.

A cause for the crash was not immediately disclosed, but a Pakistani air marshal suggested it could have been a mechanical issue.

"It remains to be seen if this was a technical fault," Shahid Latif told the Express. "In Pakistan, there is a big question regarding whether international safety standards are followed when it comes to aircrafts."

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