Legendary Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri, has been shot dead in the busy port city of Karachi by unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen, today. This incident took place just two days after the masked men kidnapped the son of a top provincial judge.
45-year old, acclaimed qawwali singer, Sabri was travelling with an associate in a car in Karachi’s Liquatabad area when two unidentified gunmen fired at their vehicle and critically injured them. The gunmen shot at the windscreen of Sabri’s car as it drove off a bridge of the in the congested part of the southern city. Both Sabri and his relative were being taken to the nearby Abbasi Shaheed hospital but qawwal succumbed to his injuries on the way towards the hospital. Although any terrorist organisation has not claimed any immediate responsibility of this incident, yet.
A senior police official described the incident, “Three people including Amjad Sabri have been killed in a targeted attack on his car in Liaquatabad 10 area this afternoon. He was shot in the chest and head and he were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver and associate have been killed in the targeted attack.”
While the additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan also confirmed this ‘Sabri Brothers’ famed singer’s death and added he was shot thrice, twice in the head and once in the ear.
Karachi, a metropolis of about 20 million people, violence is very much common. The home of Pakistan’s central bank and stock exchange is plagued by ethnic, political and sectarian violence. Two days ago the city witnessed the abduction of the son of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, outside a supermarket. In May, terrorists shot dead prominent Pakistani rights activist Khurram Zaki, who was famous for his outspoken stance against the Taliban and other radical Islamist groups. Prominent activist Sabeen Mahmud was also shot and killed last year April. Although the Pakistani military launched a crackdown two years ago against suspected militants and violent criminals, the rate of violence in the city is still very high.
On the other hand, Sufism is a tolerant, mystical practice of Islam and this devotional music form dates back more than 700 years. Sabri was a leading disciple of Sufi music, known as Qawwali and has millions of fans in both Pakistan and as well as in India. Sabri’s father, late Ghulam Farid Sabri, was also a renowned Qawwali singer and formed the ‘Sabri Brothers’, a leading Sufi music band which has dominated the Qawwali world in Pakistan and India since the 1970s.