Pakistan mourns assassination of Amjad Sabri2,257 views
KARACHI: The funeral of famed qawwal Amjad Sabri, who was assassinated by unidentified assailants on Wednesday in Liaquatabad, would be held at around 1pm after Zuhr prayers in Liaquatabad no.4 on Thursday (today). He will rest beside his father in Paposh Nagar graveyard.
The entire nation is extremely upset and shocked at the untimely loss of Amjad Sabri.
The fatal attack that took his life occurred at a flyover near Karimabad which is usually crammed with heavy traffic.
Speaking to media, DIG West said Sabri was heading to Hasan Square in his vehicle when gunmen attacked him. The assailants fired five shots, while one that hit the head proved fatal. He said the 30-bore pistol was used in the killing. The CCTV footage will be used to identify the assassins, said the official.
An eyewitness account
According to eyewitnesses, there were two men on a motorcycle followed him from his home as he was heading for the Ramazan transmission of a private television channel.
Sabri, 40, was immediately taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. According to SHO Sharifabad, armed motorcyclists targeted a car bearing registration number BEE-797 near Liaquatabad no.10.
A large number of mourners including his friends, family members and even his tremendous number of fans have gathered outside his house on Wednesday to express solidarity and pay their tributes to the bereaved soul of Sabri.
Amjad Sabri was the son of Ghulam Farid Sabri and nephew of Maqbool Sabri who formed the legendary duo of the famous Sabri Brothers who revolutionised classical music and Qawwali in Pakistan and around the world.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has called DG Rangers and asked details about the killing on Sabri. He has been informed that the killing seems to be an act of terrorism. The Rangers have investigated a nearby building which it is believed that the killers had sought refuge before the killing. They have also detained several suspects from the area.
Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and suspended the SHO Sharifabad. He was earlier briefed by IG Sindh AD Khawaja.
MQM to observe three-day mourning
The MQM has announced three days of mourning over the killing of Sabri and has suspended all political activities and events. MQM leader Farooq Sattar said that terrorists want to create an atmosphere of fear and mistrust among the people of Karachi.
He said that this left a mark of the ongoing operation which has claimed to be a success by the government. He said that they have repeatedly pointed out that Karachi has been the hub of extremists who can attack whenever they wanted.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto has expressed deep sorrow and condemnation over the killing of Amjad Sabri. He said this was a huge challenge for the writ of the state and the government over law and order situation.
Bilawal said that kidnapping of the son of Chief Justice SHC and the killing of Sabri was a conspiracy as they were specifically targeted in the incident by terrorists and their conspirators. He expressed solidarity with the family of Sabri and said that the government will make all efforts for the arrest of his assassins. He hoped that the police and other law enforcement agencies will act to expose the killers of Sabri.
Death threats and security concerns
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Ismail, talking to ARY News, questioned where are the government authorities, Rangers and police. Sabri was such a sweet and friendly person. “His killers should be brought to justice.”
Ismail asked, “where are all they [Rangers, police and government] sleeping.” He claimed that Amjad Sabri recently told him that he had written a letter to law enforcement agencies seeking security. Ismail said Sabri had told about security issues during a qawwali gathering at his place.
In May 2014, the Islamabad High Court had issued a notice in a blasphemy case to a private channel for the playing of a qawwali during a morning show. The TV channel show had aired a mock wedding with a traditional qawwali sung by Amjad Sabri related to religious figures.
While arguably Karachi murder rates have dropped sharply and many local businesses welcome the Rangers operation, allegations of brutal and illegal methods reinforce the impression of a force acting with impunity.
The latest incident of Sabri’s killing could again raise effectiveness of the law enforcers in Karachi.
News Source ARY News