Peshawar's artistic community is reeling from the killing of a popular local singer, the latest attack against a female artist in Pakistan's deeply conservative northwest. Gul Naz, who sang in Pashto and used the stage name Muskan, was shot dead at her home in Peshawar on June 18. "Several people entered her house at around 10:00 am," local police officer Sibghatullah told RFE/RL. "After exchanging harsh words, they opened fire on her."Life insurance must be expensive;
Violence against artists is sadly common in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a Taliban stronghold where the performing arts are widely considered to be un-Islamic – particularly if the artist is a woman. Several female artists have been slain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after defying the Taliban's decree against singing and dancing.Now there's a real war against women.