Famous qawwal Amjad Sabri was shot dead in Karachi on June 22, Pakistani media reported, after unknown gunmen fired at his vehicle.
Sabri, 45, and an associate were travelling in a car in Liquatabad area in Karachi when the gunmen attacked the car.
“Three people including Amjad Sabri have been killed in a targeted attack on his car in Liaquatabad 10 area this afternoon,” a senior police official said.
“He was shot in the chest and head and was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver and associate have been killed in the targeted attack,” the official said. Additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan confirmed Sabri’s death.
Four gunmen, on two bikes, shot at Sabri’s car at least 11 times. He was on his way to a private television channel’s studio to take part in Iftari transmission, according to the Pakistani media. The reason behind the attack is yet to be ascertained. Karachi police has launched a search operation to nab the shooters.
Sindh home minister, Suhail Anwar Sial, has asked for a report of the incident from the police, reports said.
Sabri was the son of legendary Pakistani singer Ghulam Farid Sabri whose family is famous in the subcontinent for their contribution to this sufi art and mystic poetry.
Along with his brother, Ghaznavi Sabri, he formed the band of Sabri brothers, famous for its qawwalis ‘Tajdar-E-Haram’ and ‘Bhar Do Jholi’. Sabri’s death is a huge loss to the world of sufi music. Sabri was one of Pakistan’s finest qawwals, known for his renditions of mystic poetry.