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Renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen today in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi. Sabri, 45, and an associate were travelling in a car in Karachi’s Liaquatabad 10 area when unidentified gunmen fired at their vehicle, critically injuring them.
What a sad SAD day…..and what a huge loss…. RIP #amjadsabri……What a fine man he was…. pic.twitter.com/tg6bDrMYR3— NEHAL KHAN (@iamnehalkhanx) June 22, 2016
The two were rushed to Abbasi Shaheed hospital, where Sabri succumbed to his injuries. “Three people including Amjad Sabri have been killed in a targeted attack on his car in Liaquatabad 10 area this afternoon,” a senior police official said.
“He was shot in the chest and head and he was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver and associate have been killed in the targeted attack,” the official said. Additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan confirmed Sabri’s death.
He was shot thrice - twice in the head and once on the ear, police sources said. The reason for the attack is not known yet.
Amjad Sabri was the son of renowned Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri whose family is famous in the subcontinent for their contribution to this sufi art and mystic poetry. Amjad was one of Pakistan’s finest qawwals, known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry.
Almost whatever the Sabri brothers sang became an instant hit. But some of their most memorable and famous qawwalis were Bhar Do Jholi Meri, Tajdar-i-Haram and Mera Koi Nahin Hai Teray Siwa.