Amjad Sabri, 45, was one of the most famous singers of the Sufi devotional music called ‘Qawwali’ — and on June 22, he was shot dead by the Taliban, while in his car.
This is absolutely heartbreaking. On June 22, Amjad Sabri was on his way to a TV appearance in Karachi, when two attackers on a motorcycle opened fire at his car. The singer, 45, was killed and his brother, Saleem Sabri, in the car with him was wounded and is in critical condition. This is the latest in a high-profile series of attacks in the 20 million-person city of Karachi.
On Monday, two days before Amjad’s murder, the son of Sindh High Court Chief Justice, Sajjad Ali Shah, was kidnapped, NBC News reported. Then two days later, Taliban shot at the windshield of Amjad’s car while he was driving on a congested street. Amjad was hit with five bullets and pronounced dead at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Qari Saifullah Saif, said that the killing was done because of a song that the group considered “blasphemous.” In 2014, Amjad sang a Sufi song on a morning television program that “mentioned religious figures in a way some deemed offensive.”
On Thursday, thousands gathered to mourn the singer’s life at a funeral procession on Liaquatabad Road, led by the heir of Sufi saint Baba Farid. “The police services have cleared out the roads for the funeral procession and everything in the area is under lockdown,” Al Jazeera reporter, Alia Chughtai said.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sabri family at this time.