Renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi

04:01 PM | 22 Jun, 2016
Renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi

KARACHI (Web Desk) - Renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri was pronounced dead on Wednesday (today) after unknown gunmen fired at his vehicle in the Liaqatabad area of Karachi, local media reported.

According to initial reports, two armed men fired at Sabri’s car as it was passing by Liaquatabad. The musical legend was traveling with three relatives when he was attacked. All passengers in the vehicle were critically injured, according to local media sources.

They were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where Sabri succumbed to his injuries. Additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan confirmed Sabri's demise.

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The driver and associate have also been killed in the targeted attack, DIG West said.

"The assailants used 30-bore pistols to shoot Amjad five times, one bullet in the head took the qawwal's life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape," DIG added.

DIG Feroze Shah suspended the Liaquatabad Station House Officer (SHO) for not providing complete security to world fame singer.

"We have cordoned off the area and will arrest the culprits using all our resources," Feroze Shah added.

Police officials recovered five 30-bore casings from the scene of the attack.

The deceased was one of the country’s finest qawwal, known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry.

Amjad was the son of renowned qawwal late Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri. The Sabri brothers were a Sufi Qawwali party. Sabri Brothers were originally led by the soaring voice of Ghulam Farid Sabri, whose periodic repeat use of ‘Allah’ during songs became a Sabri signature, and his younger brother late Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri. They were the first exponents of Qawwali to the West.

Chairman of Sindh Censor Board, Fakhre Alam claimed in a tweet that Sabri had earlier submitted an application for security, but the home department did not act on it.

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and ordered IG Sindh to submit a report regarding the assassination.

Sabri's body has been shifted to his residence.