On Wednesday, the 45-year old legendary qawwal Amjad Sabri was gunned down in Karachi, as he was on his way to a studio for Ramazan transmission.
The assassination, which took place just two days after the son of a top provincial judge was kidnapped by unknown men, was met with national condemnation and shock. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack as well as acting president Raza Rabbani.
Sindh police chief Allah Dino Khawaja told news agents, “Two attackers riding a motorcycle intercepted his car and targeted Amjad Sabri, who was driving”.
The investigating officials revealed that Sabri’s car it drove off a bridge in the overcrowded Liaquatabad region of the city after the two assailants shot at the windscreen and also managed to injure a relative, Saleem Sabri, who was also in the car.
The two victims were then rushed to the hospital where Ajmad was immediately declared dead.
“Amjad Sabri expired on the way to the hospital. He was shot three times.” police surgeon Rohina Hasan said
Without naming potential suspects, another senior police officer disclosed, Muqaddas Haider “It was a targeted killing and an act of terrorism.”
The Home Minister in Sindh, Sohail Anwar Siyal requested a speedy investigation of the assassination. The SHO of Liaquatabad was suspended after the attack took place.
The funeral arrangements have been set. Sabri is set to be offered Furqania Masjid, Liaqatabad on Thursday after Zuhr prayers then laid to rest buried at Paposhnagar graveyard.
The speaker of Pakistan’s parliament, Ayaz Sadiq, tweeted. “Totally shocked to hear the news of @AmjadSabri. May Allah bless him with Jannah (heaven) for he praised Him & His Prophet beautifully all his life”.
A human rights researcher at Amnesty International, Mustafa Qadri, also condemned the murder, saying, “Shocked and saddened by news of the killing of Amjad Sabri, not just a crime but an attack on our culture and heritage.”