By Ubaid Awan
KARACHI: One of Pakistan’s best known sufi musicians, Amjad Sabri, has been shot dead in the southern port city of Pakistan, Karachi. His tragic demise triggered an outpouring of grief.
Sabri, was shot several times on Wednesday while driving in his car in the city’s Liaqatabad area, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire, Pakistan’s English language newspaper Dawn reported.
Sabri’s brother, who was also in the vehicle, was wounded.
“Two riders used 30-bore pistols to shoot Sabri five times. The bullet to the head took the qawwal’s life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape,” Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told Dawn.
“It was a targeted killing and an act
of terrorism,” Muqaddas Haider, a senior police officer told AFP news agency, without naming possible suspects.
His killing was met with shock and condemnation. Neighbours congregated outside the singer’s home to offer condolences to his relatives, while TV channels broadcast recordings of his music in tribute.
Fakhre Alam, the chairman of the Sindh board of film censors claimed, on Twitter, that Sabri had earlier submitted an application for security, but the home department refused to follow up on it.
Apart from a sufi singer, Amjad Sabri is an avid cricket lover as well. He used to participate in cricket matches regularly and only a few days ago he played a cricket match at a local stadium in Karachi and took a beautiful catch, while fielding in the slip area.
Amjad Sabri was very popular among Pakistan sports stars as well who are mourning his death.
Former cricket captain Javed Miandad broke into tears, while talking on a local TV, while sharing his views on Amjad Sabri. Pakistan’s captains Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Rashid Latif also mourned the tragedy, in their messages, on social media.
Cricketers Umar Akmal, Muhammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Cricket organizers from Karachi Dr Syed Imran Ali Shah and Syed Junaid Ali Shah were very upset on Amjad Sabri’s sad demise.
Hockey star Imran Warsi and cricketer Faisal Iqbal recalled Amjad Sabri as a dear friend.