'Rockstar' Pak qawaal Amjad Sabri shot dead

Karachi: Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan’s finest Sufi Qawwals best known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry, was yesterday killed by unidentified gunmen who shot him in the head in a targeted terror attack.


Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan’s finest Sufi Qawwals best known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry, was yesterday killed by unidentified gunmen who shot him in the head in a targeted terror attack

Sabri (45) and an associate were travelling in a car in Karachi’s congested Liquatabad 10 area when two gunmen fired at their vehicle, critically injuring them. "Two motorcycle-borne attackers intercepted his car and targeted Amjad Sabri, who was driving," said Sindh police chief Allah Dino Khawaja. The two were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed hospital, where Sabri succumbed to his injuries. His associate also died.

"Sabri was shot in the chest and head and he was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where he succumbed to his injuries. His associate was also killed in the targeted attack," a police official said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but a senior police official said, "It was a targeted killing and an act of terrorism." Sabri was heading for the studio of a private television channel when he was attacked.

Sabri was one of Pakistan’s finest qawwals. He was known as the "rockstar" of Qawali du to his modern style of rendition.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack and has directed authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

His killing comes just two days after the son of the Sindh High Court Chief Justice was kidnapped and it raises serious concern about the security situation in Pakistan’s biggest city. This week a doctor belonging to the minority Ahmadi community was also shot dead in his clinic by gunmen.

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