Obaidullah Jan Kandahari

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Ubaidullah Jan Kandaharai, or simply known as Obaidullah Jan, was a prominent Pashto singer from Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was popular among the Pashtuns in southern Afghanistan and in Quetta, Pakistan. He brought some new style to traditional Pashto music and was considered a classical singer. He recorded many albums with lyrics written by Sayed Abdul Khaliq, a famous Pashto poet from Kandahar, Afghanistan. The lyrics were sometimes relating to Islam. Ubaidullah Jan was murdered by a commander of Ismatullah Muslim not by Ismatullah Muslim himself in the mid 1980s while crossing from Afghanistan to Pakistan. It is believed that he was about 32 years old at the time of death. His songs are still very much enjoyed by many of the Pashtun diaspora around the world, especially the Pashtuns from the southern Afghanistan-Quetta region and those living in Karachi, Pakistan.Many Tajiks from the southern Afghanistan enjoy listening to his songs. He was also very famous among Tajiks in Ghazni, Logar, Wardak and Kabul.

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