Amjad Sabri shot dead at 45, One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians, Amjad Sabri, has been shot dead in the southern port city of Karachi, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police have described an “act of terror”.
Sabri, 45, was shot several times on Wednesday while driving in his car in the city’s Liaqatabad area, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire, Pakistan’s English language newspaper Dawn reported.
Sabri’s brother, who was also in the vehicle, was wounded.
“Two riders used 30-bore pistols to shoot Sabri five times. The bullet to the head took the qawwal’s life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape,” Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told Dawn.
“It was a targeted killing and an act of t*rror*sm,” Muqaddas Haider, a senior police officer told AFP news agency, without naming possible suspects.
His killing was met with shock and condemnation. Neighbours congregated outside the singer’s home to offer condolences to his relatives, while TV channels broadcast recordings of his music in tribute.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Fakhre Alam, the Chairman of the Sindh Board of Film Censors, claimed on Twitter that Sabri had earlier submitted an application for security, but the home department refused to follow up on it.
Amjad Sabri had submitted an application for protection as per his family but Home department did NOTHING…Shameful & disgusting
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) June 22, 2016