Pakistan

LAHORE (Web Desk) – TTP Hakimullah Mehsud group has claimed responsibility for the killing of renowned qawwal (traditional Sufi folk singer) Amjad Sabri.

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Qari Saifullah Mehsud, spokesperson for the TTP Hakimullah Mehsud group, has accepted responsibility for the attack, saying Sabri was guilty of ‘blasphemy’.

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Sabri was shot dead in Karachi’s Liaquatabad area on Wednesday. Two armed men fired at Sabri’s car as it was passing by the area, where he also lives.

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In 2014, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had issued Sabri and two TV channels a notice for blasphemy after they played a qawwali during a morning entertainment show.