Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi

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21 Jun 2013
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Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi

Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot dead in the city of Karachi on Wednesday, media reports said.

The 45-year-old singer and an associate were travelling in a car in Liquatabad 10 area when attackers opened fire at their vehicle, Dawn reported.

They suffered injuries and were shifted to a hospital where Sabri died.

Sabri was “shot thrice – twice in the head and once on the ear”, Dawn quoted police sources as saying.

Sabri was on his way to a private television channel’s studio to “take part in the Iftari transmission”, Dunya News said.

Sindh home minister Suhail Anwar Sial has asked for a report of the incident from police, it said.

Sabri was the nephew of qawwali icon Maqbool Sabri who passed away in 2011, Dawn said.

Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi
Pakistan Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi

One of Pakistan's most famous singers, Amjad Sabri, has been shot dead in the southern city of Karachi.
Two gunmen fired on his car in the busy Liaqatabad area, police said. Sabri died on his way to hospital.
The Pakistani Taliban has told the BBC it carried out the attack.
Sabri was a leading exponent of Sufi devotional music, known as Qawwali. Sufism, a tolerant, mystical practice of Islam, has millions of followers in Pakistan but is opposed by extremists.
The Taliban, who view Sufism as heretical, have been blamed for previous assaults on targets linked to Sufi Islam.
But there have been no such attacks in the past couple of years, the BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad reports.
Sabri, who was among the sub-continent's top Qawwali singers, was hit by five bullets, police said. Another person, thought to be a relative, was wounded in the shooting and is said to be in a critical condition.
"It was a targeted killing and an act of terrorism," a senior police officer, Muqaddas Haider, was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

There have been the usual calls to identify and arrest the killers, but also voices of despair over the continued failure to end militancy in Pakistan.
Karachi has been under a military operation for more than three years, but the gunmen have shown they can still hit their targets at will.
Amjad Sabri came from a family which traces its musical links to the 17th Century court of India's Mughal empire. The family adheres to the Sabiriyah branch of Sufi Islam, hence the name Sabri. It migrated to Pakistan when India was divided in 1947, and has been based since then in Karachi.
The band led by Amjad's father, Ghulam Farid Sabri, dominated the Qawwali scene in India and Pakistan during the 1970s and 80s. Amjad himself was considered a great performer who produced both traditional and commercial music and also sang for movie soundtracks in India and Pakistan.
He apparently presented a soft target with a wider shock value.

A blasphemy case was filed against Sabri last year after he mentioned members of the Prophet Muhammad's family in a song.
It is not known if the shooting is related to that incident.
As news of the attack spread, a large crowd gathered outside Sabri's home to express their sorrow and comfort relatives.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the killing and said the singer would be immensely missed.
"Totally shocked to hear the news of @AmjadSabri. May Allah bless him with Jannah (heaven) for he praised Him & His Prophet beautifully all his life," Ayaz Sadiq, the speaker of Pakistan's parliament, wrote on Twitter.
"Terrible loss of Amjad Sabri. His voice touched so many hearts & souls across the globe. Let's not be numbed by these murderous terrorists," tweeted journalist and publisher Najam Sethi.
Journalist Amir Mateen, who formerly worked for the BBC Urdu service, tweeted his dismay at a familiar "pattern" of events. "Politicians cry; public huffs & puffs; then back to normal until next tragedy. Shame," he said.

Pakistan Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi - BBC News
shocking !! It happened during a live concert :s

what a travesty.... !!
ssjambla said:
No no stay there. .already enough for india...trahimam trahimam
Bro people like them can contribute to our music industry which employs lots of people and a big industry which will help us reducing unemployment and become a good economy
what a pity !! A country which does not even respect their legendry singers/artists :s

Pakistan needs to sit down, and just think.... what path they need to choose in future
law & order situation in karachi in recent time has improved considerably

Some foreign elements are trying to disturb law & order in karachi.

its a big loss for Pakistan
M@zh@R said:
law & order situation in karachi in recent time has improved considerably

Some foreign elements are trying to disturb law & order in karachi.

its a big loss for Pakistan

Few months earlier there was an attack on Akram though he survived but now Amjad ji couldn't. So attacks are continuing, I don't see how it is improved  :dodgy

Problem is every terrorists are getting a shelter in Pak by some anti human elements  :wall

Fortunately USA is keeping a hawk eye on them and is targeting them with Predator Drone/Special operation inside pak territory. Signal is clear if pak Govt cannot eliminate them US Govt will do it  :lol  

Ghar me Guske Marange Salo Ko  :nj
You cant judge the actual position of law and order by sitting there.

Situation cant be judge with only one incident and Btw Akram incident was a personnel qurell between the two person on a road it was not a terrorist attack
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