Pregnant singer shot in Pakistan after she refused to stand

A pregnant musician in Pakistan was reportedly shot and killed after she declined a man's demands to stand as she sung at a family gathering.

Samira Sindhu, 28, was murdered Tuesday in a village near the city of Larkana, in the middle of a performance to celebrate a family member's circumcision, according to the BBC.

Police have reportedly arrested Tariq Jatoi in connection with the killing, though he disputed the story that he commanded she rise, and instead claimed he was firing a gun in the air and Sindhu was hit by accident.

The singer's husband, Ashiq Sammoo, reportedly told police Jatoi "threateningly ordered her to stand up and sing," and that he shot and killed her when she declined, citing her pregnancy. She was eight months along.

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LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2016/06/08: File photo of 16- year old teenager (Zeenat Rafique) who was allegedly burnt alive by her mother in Lahore. A mother burnt her daughter alive for marrying a man of her own choice. She had killed the teen for bringing shame to the family before running out the street to tell neighborhoods. It was the third so-called 'honour killing' in the South Asian country in as many months, and a rare example of the crime being carried out by a woman. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
This photograph taken on November 27, 2017, shows a Pakistani police officer escorting an alleged father who is involved in a 'honour killing' of his daughter and son in law at a police station in Karachi. Pakistani police have exhumed the bodies of a couple believed to have been murdered and hastily buried by their families after they eloped, in the country's latest 'honour killing' case. Authorities in the port city of Karachi have arrested at least nine people connected to the double homicide, including the father of the male victim, but admitted that several family members sought in the case were still on the run. / AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM (Photo credit should read RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty Images)
(FILES) In this photograph taken on June 8, 2016, Pakistani residents stand at the site where a teenager was burnt alive by her mother in Lahore. Two young girls stand inches away from charred bricks and ash, staring at the detritus of a 'kind and gentle' teenager who taught them the Koran but was savagely burned by her mother for marrying the man of her choice. Maham and Muskan were pictured June 8 with their eyes riveted to the spot where, just hours before, 16-year-old Zeenat Bibi was doused in kerosene and set alight. That night, Maham's mother told AFP, she had to reassure her tearful and confused daughter that she loved her. / AFP / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on October 8, 2016, Anwar Bibi (R) mother and Mohammad Azeem, father of Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, give an interview to AFP in Muzaffargarh. The father of murdered Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch has vowed no forgiveness for his son, who killed his daughter on the pretext of 'honour', after her death cast an international spotlight on the practice. / AFP PHOTO / SS MIRZA (Photo credit should read SS MIRZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani schoolgirl Maham (R), who was taught by a teenager who was set on fire by her mother, poses for a photograph alongside classmate Amina (C) and her father Muhammad Asghar outside the house where their teacher lived in Lahore on June 9, 2016. Two young girls stand inches away from charred bricks and ash, staring at the detritus of a 'kind and gentle' teenager who taught them the Koran but was savagely burned by her mother for marrying the man of her choice. Maham and Muskan were pictured Wednesday with their eyes riveted to the spot where, just hours before, 16-year-old Zeenat Bibi was doused in kerosene and set alight. That night, Maham's mother told AFP, she had to reassure her tearful and confused daughter that she loved her. / AFP / ARIF ALI (Photo credit should read ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)
Hayat Khan, an alleged killer of his sister sits in a lockup at a police station in Karachi on April 28, 2016. A Pakistani man who used a kitchen knife to murder his sister told AFP, that he flew into a rage after catching her using a mobile phone, the latest 'honour killing' in the deeply patriarchal country / AFP / ASIF HASSAN (Photo credit should read ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani police escort blindfolded suspects accused of killing and setting fire to a woman as they appear at a court in Abbottabad on May 5, 2016. A Pakistani woman was drugged, strangled and then her body set ablaze because she helped her friend elope, police said May 5, announcing the arrest of 14 people in a twist on the grim practice of 'honour killings'. / AFP / SHAKEEL AHMED (Photo credit should read SHAKEEL AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani relatives pray for Muqaddas Bibi, who was killed by her relatives in a so-called 'honour killing' in the village of Buttaranwali, some 75 kilometres north of Punjab provincial capital Lahore, on June 17, 2016. Relatives slit the throat of a young mother who was pregnant with her second child after she married against their will in eastern Pakistan, officials said on June 17, the latest in a spate of so-called 'honour killings'. / AFP / KHURRAM BUTT (Photo credit should read KHURRAM BUTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani police escort suspects accused of killing and setting fire to a woman as they arrive at a court in Abbottabad on May 5, 2016. A Pakistani woman was drugged, strangled and then her body set ablaze because she helped her friend elope, police said May 5, announcing the arrest of 14 people in a twist on the grim practice of 'honour killings'. / AFP / SHAKEEL AHMED (Photo credit should read SHAKEEL AHMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistani relatives and residents carry the coffin of social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch during her funeral in Shah Sadar Din village, around 130 kilometers from Multan on July 17, 2016. The brother of a controversial Pakistani social media star has been arrested for her murder, confessing he strangled Qandeel Baloch for 'honour', police said. The killing of Baloch, infamous for selfies and videos that by Western standards would appear tame but were polarising in deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan, has sent a wave of shock and revulsion through the country. / AFP / SS MIRZA (Photo credit should read SS MIRZA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Jatoi remains in custody, according to the BBC, and is awaiting the results of a blood alcohol test, as local outlets have reported that he was drunk at the time of the incident.

Sindhu had reportedly released at least eight albums of Sindhi folk and Sufi music before her death, and was best known for her performances at family functions.

Her death has sparked protest in Pakistan from fellow artists demanding police arrest an additional two men who were allegedly at the scene of the crime.

 

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