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Famed qawwal Amjad Sabri gunned down in Karachi

Updated Jun 24, 2016 04:01pm


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Onlookers look into the car driven by Amjad Sabri. ─ Reuters
Onlookers look into the car driven by Amjad Sabri. ─ Reuters

KARACHI: Renowned Qawwal Amjad Sabri was shot dead in Karachi Wednesday afternoon, after unknown assailants fired at his vehicle in the city's Liaquatabad area.

Security officials inspect Amjad Sabri's car. ─ AFP
Security officials inspect Amjad Sabri's car. ─ AFP

Qari Saifullah Mehsud, spokesperson for the TTP Hakimullah Mehsud group, has accepted responsibility for the attack.

Additional Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told Dawn that two men riding a motorcycle fired shots at the car, terming the incident as “targeted killing.” He said the motive of the killing is unknown as of now.

Sabri, 40, and an associate were travelling in a car in Liaquatabad 10 area, when unidentified gunmen fired at their vehicle, critically injuring him. The two were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital immediately, where Sabri succumbed to his injuries.

Rangers personnel inspect Amjad Sabri's bullet-riddled car. ─ AFP
Rangers personnel inspect Amjad Sabri's bullet-riddled car. ─ AFP

"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," said DIG West.

"We have cordoned off the area and will arrest the culprits using all our resources," added the DIG.

Police officials recovered five 30-bore casings from the scene of the attack, which have been sent for forensics.

Relatives comfort Mujjudid Sabri (C), Amjad Sabri's son. ─ AFP
Relatives comfort Mujjudid Sabri (C), Amjad Sabri's son. ─ AFP

Both front side windows were shattered and three bullet holes could be seen on the front screen.

Ghulam Ahmed, an eye witness told SAMAA TV he saw two motorcycle riding men fire shots at one side of the car. “Then they turned and fired four shots on the other side of the car.”

Additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan confirmed Sabri's demise. He was shot thrice – twice in the head and once in the leg – police sources said.

People gather outside Amjad Sabri's house after the attack on the qawwal. ─ AFP
People gather outside Amjad Sabri's house after the attack on the qawwal. ─ AFP

Senior Director Health Services Abbasi Shaheed Hospital also confirmed that Sabri was declared dead on arrival.

Fakhre Alam, Chairman of Sindh Censor Board, has claimed in a tweet that Sabri had earlier submitted an application for security, but the home department did not act on it.

However, an official source claimed the home department had received no such request. SSP Central also stated he is not aware of any such request.

Amjad Sabri was one of the country’s finest qawwals, known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry. He enthralled music aficionados with his brand of spirituality, mysticism and ecstasy for years. He was not only well-versed with the structure and aesthetics of qawwali but also knew how to make it adaptive to the contemporary music keeping its essence alive.

Government reacts

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

Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and ordered IG Sindh to submit a report regarding the assassination.

The CM has suspended DSP Liquatabad and SHO Liquatabad following the incident.

Amjad Sabri and blasphemy

Earlier in 2014, Dawn reported the Islamabad Hight Court (IHC) had issued a notice in a blasphemy case to Amjad Sabri along with two TV channels for the playing of a qawwali during a morning show.

The traditional qawwali sung by Amjad Sabri had mentioned religious figures, which was deemed offensive.

After a blasphemy case was registered against Geo News, advocate Tariq Asad had put the onus on Qawwal Amjad Sabri and the lyricist for the blasphemy row while seeking to ban the qawwali that caused the issue.

The court had also issued notices to Federal Information Secretary, chief executive of ARY, anchors Mubashir Lucman, Nida Yasir and Shaisata Lodhi, chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and Chairman Cable Operators Association of Pakistan.

The Sabri legacy

Amjad Sabri was the nephew of qawwali icon Maqbool Sabri who passed away in 2011.

Amjad Sabri.
Amjad Sabri.

Maqbool Sabri along with his brother, the late Ghulam Farid Sabri, formed a formidable qawwali group in the mid-50s and became known for their soul-stirring renditions of arifana kalam (mystic poetry).

Maqbool’s nephew Amjad Sabri — who was tragically shot dead today in Karachi — was keeping the family tradition alive and was one of the most sought-after qawwals of the country.

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.

They were equally well-versed in compositions made in the Persian language and sang Nami Danam Che Manzil Bood with equal ease and facility. The brothers’ rendition of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s kalam was one of their marked areas of excellence.


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Rizz Jun 22, 2016 04:07pm

Do we have any law in this city? How easy it has become to kidnap, kill or rob someone.... Shame on this government.

lafanga Jun 22, 2016 04:09pm

Reports saying that Amjad Sabri has died in this attack. Very sad indeed. RIP. I am getting sick of this lawlessness in Karachi. Can the rangers please go all guns blazing and just clear the whole city once and for all. No mercy to anyone caught carrying a gun. Shoot them on the spot.

bhutto Jun 22, 2016 04:09pm

and then rangers said we had cleaned karachi of terrorists,

Timeto stopthis Jun 22, 2016 04:10pm

This country is going from bad to worse every day.

Timeto stopthis Jun 22, 2016 04:10pm

Is there any law and order in this country or not?

Harmony-1© Jun 22, 2016 04:11pm

cold blooded murder...shocking!

Tim Jun 22, 2016 04:14pm

Who are the real terrorists that's the question now??

Muhammad Jun 22, 2016 04:15pm

RIP ! terrorists are at large in Karachi

Muslim Medina Jun 22, 2016 04:14pm

It appears that the Karachi operation is political rather than against criminals and terrorists.

Asif Kashmiri Jun 22, 2016 04:15pm

oh dear me - sad sad news indeed - my heart weeps - RIP.

Qasim Jun 22, 2016 04:16pm

and Karachi operation has restored peace in the city.

M Taimur Jun 22, 2016 04:16pm

Great loss indeed. According to media Amjad Sabri also reported to police couple of days ago. Ch Nisar and the provincial home minister should immediately resign. Mr Bilawal please send your interior minister home and Mr. Nawaz Sharif please wake up and send Ch Nisar home.

Umair Jun 22, 2016 04:17pm

If Rangers has got a hold of Karachi and claims to have the terror eliminated from the roots, why such killings still continue to happen? What kind of security they have implemented that even such big names are being targeted.

Hasnain Haque Jun 22, 2016 04:19pm

When politicians protect criminals that's what happens.

Shahryar Shirazi Jun 22, 2016 04:19pm

What the hell is going on ?

Sameed Jun 22, 2016 04:19pm

The Karachi operation has been underway since 3 years, what is this mess? An Ahmedi doctor was killed, the son of cheif justice of Pakistan has been kidnapped and now this!

Ali Jun 22, 2016 04:18pm

no one is safe in Pakistan. God bless the Pakistani people. Rest in peace Sir .

Ali Jun 22, 2016 04:19pm

no one is safe in Pakistan. God bless the Pakistani people. Rest in peace Sir .

S. A. M. Jun 22, 2016 04:20pm

what an irreparable loss. the artist par excellence that Amjad Sabri was it will generations to have another artist of his caliber. so very tragic.

Azmeen Jun 22, 2016 04:18pm

Cold blooded murder. Terrorists & criminals are once again challenging Police, Rangers, & other security agencies in Karachi.

Fani Jun 22, 2016 04:19pm إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون Saddest demise...!!!

Fani Jun 22, 2016 04:19pm

Saddest demise...!!!

Fani Jun 22, 2016 04:21pm إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون Saddest demise...!!!

Harmony-1© Jun 22, 2016 04:20pm

@Bhutto - Its shameful to demean rangers. They have done great job overall.

AIi Raza-Brisbane Jun 22, 2016 04:21pm

A great question mark on Karachi operation.

Intelligence failure.

FKhan Jun 22, 2016 04:21pm

Innallilahe wa inna ilaihe rajioon. Rest well Amjad Sabri

and well done PPP Government! Well done!!

The End is Near Jun 22, 2016 04:23pm

Ranger thought their job is done and Karachi will remain peaceful forever but here it goes again. Cold blooded serial killers and murderers are again walking the streets of Karachi.

Liberal Overseas Jun 22, 2016 04:22pm

and we lost yet another legend! indeed a very sad day

KAHN Jun 22, 2016 04:22pm

Incompetent Sindh government. CM should resign straight away. We had enough

Hidayat Jun 22, 2016 04:27pm

Declare Martial Law immediately, arrest and punish all corrupt and rouge politicians, bureaucrats and religious elite.

Huma Jun 22, 2016 04:28pm

Inna lil Lahay wainna ilahay rajaioon, an other talented person is gone. What king of image is going out of Pakistan. So so sad

Irfan Jun 22, 2016 04:28pm

It happens when you dont let law enforcement agencies work without poliyical interference. Karaci need a massive operation to clean it from all terrorists

SB Jun 22, 2016 04:30pm

Killing an Artist..Shame on Killers

Abdul Jun 22, 2016 04:29pm

May his soul Rest in Peace.

Nazakat Ali Jun 22, 2016 04:31pm

How sad sad sad indeed ..

Shahzad Jun 22, 2016 04:31pm

@bhutto There were 30 on average dying before rangers operation ! Who will you give this credit ?

Salman Jun 22, 2016 04:32pm

Shocked ... speechless

Heavenly Joy Jun 22, 2016 04:32pm

Is there any law. I am outraged. No words for this horrific act.

GULSHAN KUMAR Jun 22, 2016 04:33pm

When a soldier die, body of the nation dies. When an artist die, soul of the nation dies.

Shahan Jun 22, 2016 04:34pm

Yes MQM was responsible for the law and order situation. Yeah right!

Faisal Saeed Jun 22, 2016 04:35pm

Worst law and order situation in Karachi. Big failure of Karachi Operation!! Shocked and awed on Amjad Sabri's target killing.

Warinder Singh Jun 22, 2016 04:34pm

Oh My GOD............

MUHAMMAD USMAN KHAN Jun 22, 2016 04:35pm

@Umair Accidents do happen. Don't play politics. Karachi situation is much much better but some parties trying to make the situation worse.

Always remember that crimes can be decreased but not eliminated.

sajid Jun 22, 2016 04:35pm

Faith in humanity getting destroyed badly. I saw him at Saddar some couple of days ago and my friendly jokingly asked me to take selfie with him which i simple denied. I would have taken a selfie had i know its his last days... ??

Suleman Jun 22, 2016 04:36pm

First kidnap of Chief Justice's son and now this in a matter of just 2 days. Shouldn't we ask and reprimand Rangers about what they are doing because they sure do come and take credit of everything positive.

PAKISTAN FIRST Jun 22, 2016 04:37pm

Where were rangers???karachites are being targeted.

Secular Peshawarite Jun 22, 2016 04:38pm

Without rehabilitation these ranger operations are fruitless and lets not even mention government which has failed the nation miserably.

Kabir Jun 22, 2016 04:38pm

Shocking news.........tears!!!!

Davoud Jun 22, 2016 04:38pm

Our State has failed to protect people's life, honour and their right to live. Again a fantastic artist has become a victim of lawlessness and extremism. Our security agencies are just failed.

jab Jun 22, 2016 04:40pm

Oh god !!! May his soul RIP...

M.Jamal Jun 22, 2016 04:40pm

Sorry to say that the government and allied security agencies are so incompetent that there is no rule of law in Karachi.The main reason being absence of elected Local government and city administration run by the corrupt and outside mafia whose interest are packages and loot.

A shah Jun 22, 2016 04:41pm


Dr Faizan Jun 22, 2016 04:41pm

The terrorists are back and they will target big names to get attention... spread despair and hopelessness.

Usman Jun 22, 2016 04:41pm

What is happening in Pakistan!!!!!!!

Zak Jun 22, 2016 04:42pm

Where is police? Do they really know what's happening in Karachi

tarik Jun 22, 2016 04:42pm

So So Sad ! Now this & couple of days ago kidnapping of CJ's son. Karachi is turning back to good old days. Thanks to corrupt politicians those are criticizing & hindering Rangers actions.

Sheraz Jun 22, 2016 04:43pm

one more lover of ahlebait shot dead

Najam Jun 22, 2016 04:43pm

I am shocked to read this news. He had such a sweet voice and such down to earth guy. This is unbelievable.

Harmony-1© Jun 22, 2016 04:45pm

@Timeto stopthis - No need for such malice!

Heavenly Joy Jun 22, 2016 04:46pm

Shameful act by shameless people. It is so easy for these people to take the life of any one at any moment. And 'wow' there are no law and enforcement agencies in Pakistan. They are killing everyone ruthlessly without any discrimination. They are defaming Pakistan and 'ahaan great' government is enjoying the show.??

  • Inna lillah wa Inna Ilehi Rajiun
futurewizard Jun 22, 2016 04:46pm

Condolence from India. Sad day an incredible talented artist is taken away.

zainab Jun 22, 2016 04:48pm

when is amjad sabri funeral?

shahid Jun 22, 2016 04:49pm

RIP!! indeed a great loss.

shahid Jun 22, 2016 04:48pm

RIP!! indeed a great loss.

Syed Ali Jun 22, 2016 04:51pm

@Tim In this case they came from over thousand miles away; cannot blame MQM for this.

chandio Jun 22, 2016 04:51pm

Wake up sindh.

IBN E ASHFAQUE Jun 22, 2016 04:52pm

@Hidayat Martial Law is not a solution.........I think we already are having a martial law in the three provinces minus Punjab.......

Hasan Jun 22, 2016 04:52pm

Sad day....he had a smiling face...

Houlbelat Jun 22, 2016 04:51pm

What a misfortune! What a loss? Where is law, where are the LEA's? Where is humanity? Is it some sort of curse on the nation? Can we ever have peace? Let us stop finding excuses and start the right action in real earnest.

Hostage Jun 22, 2016 04:53pm

Saieen... keep sleeping

Zulfiqar Jun 22, 2016 04:53pm

Rangers have also failed to protect the people of Karachi.

IBN E ASHFAQUE Jun 22, 2016 04:55pm

@Shahan Keep on blaming MQM although they are not pious.....but we have to blame all the stakeholders particularly Rangers.......the city can only be controlled by engaging the communities of Karachi........

Syed Ali Jun 22, 2016 04:55pm

@Umair As long as command and control system of terrorist is not dismantled from Punjab and KP this will continue.

Khan Jun 22, 2016 04:56pm

RIP.... Now sindh govt. will ask the IGP sindh for a report and in few days time every thing will be cold and be forgotten. But PPP govt. will not take any action to put law and order situations straight. So sad !!!

ather Jun 22, 2016 04:57pm

Instead of Demonizing MQM Rangers should be concentrating on their real job.

Tabassum Qureshi Jun 22, 2016 04:59pm

Isn't it interesting that the police instead of immediately springing into action starts dishing out tv interviews. Zero professionalism. When you induct corrupt in Police, this is going to happen.

ramesh Jun 22, 2016 04:59pm

RIP Amjad shahib

Mirza Jun 22, 2016 05:00pm

Gen. Raheel Shareef, what are you waiting, for everyone to die on the street. Please take command of the country, these politicians are ruining the country. Terrorist do not even care for the month of Ramadan.

kamran shahid Jun 22, 2016 05:02pm

He had submitted a report to police for security but he was not given enough measures.

kash Jun 22, 2016 05:03pm

Really sad, RIP.

Why does crime increase in Pakistan during Ramadhan. mothers killing daughters, kidnaps, abductions and now this, all in Ramadhan.

Ramadhan should be time of increased self control, worship, and repentance but it seems in Pakistan it gives people the licence to kill.

So sad.

Balakrishnan Kamesh Jun 22, 2016 05:03pm

Condolence from INDIA,...may his soul rest in peace..pray this will not repeat in the future...

Hidayat Jun 22, 2016 05:05pm

@IBN E ASHFAQUE If Martial Law is not the solution and politician are corrupt to the core then what's the solution,

Dreams Jun 22, 2016 05:06pm

Will Pakistanis ever be able to sleep without fear ? You guys need a leader like Mustafa Kemal Pasha to transform Pakistan to a modern secular state and only then you will have peace.

Kabir Jun 22, 2016 05:06pm

How idiotic are the people of this god-forsaken country. Rest in peace good man. Hope you are born in a more loving country in your next birth.

PATRIOT Jun 22, 2016 05:07pm

The news of his tragic demise are not the saddest part. That would be when nothing happens and after few days the tragedy will become a part of history. This is how thick skinned idiots we have become. Nothing effects us, nothing bothers us, nothing is too big, to say enough is enough to protest on the streets. The so-called politicians are busy doing what they do best; tweeting their condolences. They will not move an inch beyond this. To sum it up, lets stop condemning the tragedies. WE as a nation are responsible for this carnage.

lafanga Jun 22, 2016 05:07pm

@Zak Yes I think so, contact me to know more.

Ali Vazir Jun 22, 2016 05:10pm

This is not only disgusting, but totally unacceptable. Sorry, we cannot accept it.

Sheraz Jun 22, 2016 05:11pm

As a Karachitte I am 100% agreed with Mr Farooq Sattar that Ranger operation against MQM is totally unfair. There are still hide out where Ranger are not allowed to go or they don't want to go there. Why?

Now Ranger should open their eyes wide and do operation against all parties not just MQM. Please stop this discrimination.

Jahangir Aijaz Jun 22, 2016 05:10pm

My father listens to him all the time. A great loss of a deeply respected maestro. I am so deeply shocked and am so angry. These brainwashed terrorists believe that singing is not Islamic. We are becoming ever so intolerant. We have no respect for anyone who thinks differently from us. In ten years we will be like Syria. No wonder everyone wants to emigrate.

Mudassir Hussain Azeemabadi Jun 22, 2016 05:11pm

Very tragic indeed. Its difficult to erase Amjad's smiling face away from the mind! Amid of all the tall claims, Karachiites are still suffering. It is time now to put the direction right for Karachi operation, which right now seems very disputed.

Karma Dorji Jun 22, 2016 05:12pm

This is really Sad. RIP Amjad Sabri.

Insaf Jun 22, 2016 05:12pm

We are fade up with news like this in Pakistan. Need is to change mind set of people , stop madrasas which teaches religious extremism, focus on education and development, employment. Govt should work to develop lve and harmony with neighboring countries.

Arslan Jun 22, 2016 05:14pm

These killers are anti-state and enemies of Pakistan. They pick and target talented Pakistanis in order to create headlines and despair.

M.Jamal Jun 22, 2016 05:14pm

In any civilised country it is 101% unimaginable that a city whose population is more than 20 million being run by outsiders who do not own Karachi and the elected people of the city are being sidelined and simply spectators seeing the city being dumped into a ghost place.Can anyone invoke rule of law in Karachi?

Sohail Pirzada Jun 22, 2016 05:17pm

inna lillahi wa inallah-e-raji'oon... May his soul rest in peace, ameen

iftikhar kk Jun 22, 2016 05:18pm

Who is safe in Karachi???

Houlbelat Jun 22, 2016 05:18pm

What now? And, Sindh Governement is hell-bent upon depriving the city of Ranger's security!

Akram Jun 22, 2016 05:17pm

Total lawlessness in entire country no province is safe from either internal terrorists,target killers or from external drones.Its worst time for Pakistanis inside country there is death and chaos and in outside there is hostility toward us..Govt should act against all terrorists and criminals ..

isloo Jun 22, 2016 05:21pm

Rangers have done a great job and crime rate is way down in Karachi.

Problem that I see is prosecution of criminals.

ramiz Jun 22, 2016 05:20pm

Very sad news.....Sindh Govt should be held responsible for this when he told many people about threats why he was not given security because all police is at CM house and Bilawal house...

WHAT IF Jun 22, 2016 05:25pm

RIP Amjab Sabri

Kamlendra Singh Jun 22, 2016 05:25pm

So sad that such a great qawwal and son of maqbool/Farid sabri had to die at the hands of terrorists. Its a great loss for not just pakistan but india as well. Deeply saddened by such mindless killings. Seems we are losing out everyday to the devils of hate warfare and evil.

Feroz Jun 22, 2016 05:25pm

May you RIP. My sincere condolences to the family.

AIi Raza-Brisbane Jun 22, 2016 05:26pm

The Ranger chief of Karachi should resign.

They are in total command of Karachi.

ahmed Jun 22, 2016 05:27pm

sad to see any killing, wonder the famous evoke an outrage, the ordinaries are just another statistics. and in Pakistan, even statistics is at its lowest ebb

Neutral Guy Jun 22, 2016 05:27pm


Zak Jun 22, 2016 05:27pm

Whom to call in emergency in Khi.Police is not going to help you, eventually killers know you will die without any help.

AIi Raza-Brisbane Jun 22, 2016 05:27pm

The Ranger chief of Karachi should resign.

They are in total command of Karachi.

Three provinces are already under martial law, so no need for martial anyway.

Nazreen Jun 22, 2016 05:28pm

It's a high time, people should talk about Peace among all religion...Please come out for this coward act so noone else suffer like this.. RIP Amjad Sabri

Timeto stopthis Jun 22, 2016 05:27pm

Not sure how many more people need to be killed before you get the message that there are no good terrorists?

agha mirza Jun 22, 2016 05:28pm

bhai this is what the mind set is doing cleaning

Zak Jun 22, 2016 05:29pm

Sindh govt set free the criminals which are handed over to police by Rangers.Please dont blame Rangers.

Timeto stopthis Jun 22, 2016 05:29pm

How do these killers have access to guns and arms? can't you pass laws making it illegal for people to keep weapons?

kazi Jun 22, 2016 05:30pm

Police must be replaced by Rangers through by any means.Just because of them Karachi is now at this dark place

Avtar Jun 22, 2016 05:32pm

RIP - Sabri brothers a great musical tradition.

GreenMangoMorePaki Jun 22, 2016 05:31pm

That's exactly why likes of Adnan Sami are opting for Indian citizen and relocating to Mumbai

Khalid Jun 22, 2016 05:32pm

PPP and PML-N goverments are sleeping while the country is going to the dogs. My Karachi has been destroyed. No other city in the world is as lawless as Karachi has become and no one is capable of doing anything to improve the situation. RIP Amjad Sabri.

Jawas Jun 22, 2016 05:34pm

We elect people to run cities, provinces and country. So we suffer. No civil sense no civil duty no vigilance and blame game

vishal Jun 22, 2016 05:34pm

Very Sad. May the departed soul rest in peace.

Ahsan Jun 22, 2016 05:36pm

Sad and heartbroken! As a Pakistani, I've lost hope in this country. Does anyone has any idea where are we heading? I'm speechless. So now we've started killing musicians as well? What harm does a singer pose to anyone? Pakistanis will realize about this plague of religious extremism and intolerance when it'll be too late.

A Troll From Nowhere Jun 22, 2016 05:37pm

A big challenge for security agencies. This shows a new wave of violence in Karachi. Pakistan security agencies be brutal in eliminating terrorists in Pakistan. Launch a counter offensive with brute force.

Bored Jun 22, 2016 05:39pm

@Zak Isn't this a conspiracy by outsiders to defame great Pakistan??

Sharat Jun 22, 2016 05:43pm

Senseless killing.

javeed Jun 22, 2016 05:46pm

Highly Condemnable! Sindh govt has failed in every front! There is something wrong with this blesphamy law! The only solution to this killing is cut its root. The state needs to control mosques, sermons & ban /punish those who spread hate. Few days back a so called (illetrate) scholar warned to kill Hamza & nobody took any action aganist him. When U r feeding hate/crime on live television then what can we expect.

AKKS Jun 22, 2016 05:45pm

In India, we adore and respect these immensely talented artists! At home, we had a small collection of LP records and I remember as a child, I used to listen and enjoy Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan and Sabri brother's qawwali! Really sad to hear this tragic news!

Abhinav Mathur Jun 22, 2016 05:47pm

So Sad.I have attended his show in New Delhi

afghan Jun 22, 2016 05:48pm

@Sharat RIP. in this holly month of Ramazan he got killed. my condolences go to his family and his friends.

Akil Akhtar Jun 22, 2016 05:48pm

These activities are being carried out by those who want to destroy morale in Pakistan and we know who is behind it

Tabassum Qureshi Jun 22, 2016 05:49pm

Till common man, the real affected one is willing to take his destiny in his own hand, intellectuals and good ones are going to be gunned down on daily basis. You don't expect anything from this rules. Time to act.

Sharafat Jun 22, 2016 05:49pm

What the rangers are doing except MQM invasion??

Akil Akhtar Jun 22, 2016 05:48pm

Everyone seems to complain about what are the rangers doing...they cannot clean the city alone unless our politicians and political parties also want the same thing.....

wahhab ali kalir Jun 22, 2016 05:51pm

Pakistan = where legends are being killed

Sandeep Kumar Jun 22, 2016 05:53pm

It is very sad news...May his soul RIP.

Abdurrehman Jun 22, 2016 05:52pm

Killing of humans in country Pakistan is becoming easy like hunting of birds and animals!!! Shame on sleeping Government May alimight bless the legend Qawal.

Desi Dimag Jun 22, 2016 05:53pm

R.I.P. Sad demise of a precious gem.

The Observer Jun 22, 2016 05:55pm

"The CM has suspended DSP Liquatabad and SHO Liquatabad following the incident." this is all CM could do.

Ajay Vikram Singh Jun 22, 2016 05:55pm

My father was a big fan of Sabri brothers and their music. Artists and Art never dies. RIP Amjad Sabri. Pakistan must protect at least its artists.

N.S Jun 22, 2016 05:57pm

Felt so heartbroken and sad, my and millions of people favorite qawwal, a humble and immensely gifted person. A big loss to the fraternity and country. How can anyone kill a musician, a person who gives joy to people. A clean up operation needed again, as there is a resurgence of violence in Karachi. God place him in peace and jannah.

Rizwan Jun 22, 2016 05:58pm

There is a price for everything and the price for doing Ali Ali and love of Ahl al-Bayt is martyrdom.

Aamir Jun 22, 2016 06:00pm

Everytime people of Karachi/sind vote for these the same two parties and politicians and then expect miracles..

Patriot Jun 22, 2016 06:03pm

Governor Raj. We need army army army. Nothing will be left.

Chirag Jun 22, 2016 06:02pm

RIP Sabri..

Ali Turi Jun 22, 2016 06:03pm

The corrupt politicians and bureaucrats are busy in filling their pockets,, who cares if people are being killed, kidnapped or robbed. The future seems a bleak unfortunately.

Zak Jun 22, 2016 06:06pm

Mr Qaim Ali Shah could you please bring back the legend?.No you cant because you are the real culprit.Its time to resign and have mercy upon Karachi people and your overall progress is nill.

IMRAN Jun 22, 2016 06:07pm

Karachi still safe heaven of killing ..snaching...common in Karachi..

sampath Jun 22, 2016 06:09pm

These artists transcend borders and if these deaths do not provoke the powers that be to once and for all change the textbooks to provide only science based education, eradical radical extremists (no non-state actors) I do not what will. How many will it take. This is an era of joint economic growth and Pakistan, India and Afghanistan should cooperate and compete in the economic sphere till more people are consumed by the flame of hatred.

SAEED MASOOD Jun 22, 2016 06:09pm

Mullah Fazlullah...get him go inside and kill them all...TTP with enemy backing...we should stop everything and go after the enemy...

Mustafa Jun 22, 2016 06:08pm

Please ban guns in Pakistan and look at the statistics of gun crime since the ban was implemented in the UK. Police, Rangers, nobody can do anything unless there is a complete ban and total crackdown on guns for all members of the public save the military and law enforcement forces in Pakistan.

Manish Jun 22, 2016 06:09pm

Great Singer , Heard him many time RIP

Ashim Halder Jun 22, 2016 06:10pm

People who are instrumentals in bridging the gaps in our society gets eliminated in such s way ,then what will happen to this society?

khara aur karwa such Jun 22, 2016 06:11pm


The PM directs to apprehend the culprits and bring them to justice.

The CM Sindh takes notice and suspends SHO and DSP.

The responsibility of the government ends here.

Shameful and routine actions by the shameless.

Muhammad Qureshi Jun 22, 2016 06:11pm

There is LAW and ORDER in this God forgotten Country, but the public has completely ignored it. These type of shootings happens all over the world and its something no government can control it UNLESS and ONLY UNLESS you ban guns just like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar etc...

chandler Jun 22, 2016 06:14pm

Condolences from India.Great Qawal,Great Musician RIP

Chunache Jun 22, 2016 06:21pm

A wonderful artist paid the price for living in Karachi. Now I understand the decision of Adnan Sami.

Ali Jun 22, 2016 06:22pm

Definitely this is an act of the enemy of our beloved country Pakistan.

pcs Jun 22, 2016 06:23pm

Man... this is so bad,

Ali Jun 22, 2016 06:23pm

Another act of enemy of Pakistan to bring down the results of efforts and sacrifice of Rangers in Karachi. Long live Pakistan and Rangers. RIP.

TAF Jun 22, 2016 06:24pm

What a loss? Dad day

iqbal rangoonwala Jun 22, 2016 06:28pm


Philosopher(from Japan) Jun 22, 2016 06:28pm

Rip. Nothing will be changed after him a few statements some condolences and life goes on. Did we remember our kids got killed in APS attack and BKU attacks? What are the measures taken after those. Nothing. We are a sleeping nation and we have been sleeping for ages. May God mercy us.

Vijay from San Francisco Jun 22, 2016 06:36pm

So Sad to hear.. Sufi Singer a genius is lost... May his soul rest in peace... Damnn.. where the heck are politicians now... grrrr

Sim Jun 22, 2016 06:38pm

3rd hand trying to push Pak in sectarian violation

arisha g Jun 22, 2016 06:40pm

I wish this tweeting culture and it's participants would practise a litlle bit of restraint and respect in these incidents. often it leads to speculative and incorrect misinformation being paraded around as facts. Share responsibly.

kundan kumar Jun 22, 2016 06:40pm


MURDHA PIR Jun 22, 2016 06:41pm

Gunned down and the killers went Scot free as usual.

Hashmi Jun 22, 2016 06:43pm

So much for the action plan and the rangers , it is the zero sum we are heading towards the end very soon .

Salman Jun 22, 2016 06:45pm

Can't blame rangers, they did cleanups, but then there is no backup as continuation from civil government. Sindh has seen most corrupt and incompetent governance in last eight years. Can't expect any different. Very Sad!

RIZ Jun 22, 2016 06:46pm

Big big loss for God sake stop this killing how many more innocent people will be killed by these terrorists. Please people be united and clean Pakistan from terrorism once for all.

Akil Akhtar Jun 22, 2016 06:46pm

targets are being selected very carefully by the enemy to demoralize the people of Pakistan to the extreme. We keep complaining about the security agencies but fail to support them. There can never be security when nation is divided and a large number of citizens are willing to harm the nation for a few dollars.

aks Jun 22, 2016 06:49pm

The authorities are not honest in rooting out terrorists. This country will sink into an abyss soon.

Razi Jun 22, 2016 06:52pm

How barbaric!!! The operation zarb i azb must continue till all the criminals and their patrons are exterminated. May his soul rest in peace. Aameen

Zak Jun 22, 2016 06:52pm

Ppp members have bullet proof cars.They should be unarmed also like common people beacuse they know their performance is zero.

Bilal Jun 22, 2016 06:59pm

A great loss. it seems like they can strike when ever and where ever they want .. very sad news

ad Jun 22, 2016 07:01pm


romy Jun 22, 2016 07:02pm

Tragic loss no words to measure the loss.

Khan Jun 22, 2016 07:11pm

Is this peace and law and order ? How come people are getting killed when Rangers are here ?

Khan Jun 22, 2016 07:13pm

Finally it is proved that lawlessness still prevail in the city and the operation is going on only against a political party !

brajens Jun 22, 2016 07:16pm

I am Indian. My 14 years son is fan of Sabri brothers; especially for the qawwali "Bhar do Jholi ...". He only introduced me to Sabri bothers saying "look Papa, how passionately they sing much better than Adnan Sami in the Bajrangi Bhaijan movie".

I am not how would he receive this sad news.

Khan USA Jun 22, 2016 07:15pm

Kiling in Karachi is so easy whether terrorists kill or law enforcement agencies kill , the ultimate suffering is for the general public . The political and social problems are solved high handedly and through military and police ! Karachi will remain as it is untill people voices are not heard and their mandate is not accepted !

Joe FL Jun 22, 2016 07:17pm

Another shock against peaceful life. Does anyone know how this resonates through the world, when an artist and man of peace is killed?

Ali Jun 22, 2016 07:18pm

The CM has suspended DSP Liquatabad and SHO Liquatabad following the incident. WHY???? CM SUSPEND YOURSELF. You are totally unfit for this job

Myview Jun 22, 2016 07:19pm

Never imagined it was this easy to kill in Pakistan,and that too a high profile personality. A moment of shame to the rulers.

BhattCK Jun 22, 2016 07:19pm

RIP ! My brother.. You along with Owais Raja Qadri were my most favourite PAK qawals. Off course Qadri is a special Nat-Khawan.. BhattCK, INDIA

riaz Jun 22, 2016 07:21pm

As per confirmed data issued by govt. There are over 8000 terrorist still waiting in gallows for death paneltyb awarded by the honorable courts, but the delay to hang them is delayed due to political reasons. If we can as a nation does not have the political will, such heros like Amjad Sabri will be killed in these roads, in these times.

xyz-Indian Jun 22, 2016 07:22pm

Big loss to India and Pakistani fans . I would request the Pakistani authorities to capture and execute the culprits and also hang the conspires.

Azhar jamil Jun 22, 2016 07:24pm

Very sad incident. Our security failure. Another sign of society's intolerance.

Aisha Jun 22, 2016 07:26pm

i was just thinking the same .... day by day situations are turning bad

nasir siddique Jun 22, 2016 07:30pm

Sadly, just another routine day in karachi. Another killing, another statistuc, another question mark. Today people will mourn, tomorrow life will go on until someone else falls. Sad for karachi and its already dead people.

Raj Jun 22, 2016 07:31pm

Real questions is how to deradicalise society. ....

M.Sethi Jun 22, 2016 07:33pm

Few days ago the traders once again got Bhatta (extortion) letters, day before yesterday the CJ SHC's sons was kidnapped from a bustling part of the city and today another important personality an internationally renowned Qawal, Amjad Sabri (may his soul rest in peace and heaven),was sadly targeted and killed in Liaqatabad Karachi.

This recent spate of crime hike by targeting high profile people during the holy month of Ramazan within Karachi city,appears to be a definite planned conspiracy of some militant group out to prove that " all past efforts by the law enforcement agencies to restore peace have failed and to Marr/Demoralize the citizens confidence in them ? "

AR Jun 22, 2016 07:32pm

this is so sad.....we have been reading the rise of and bike theft.... then its the killing of an ahmedi doctor...then kidnapping of the advocate...and now its the killing of Amjad Sabri

Ppl of karachi had high hopes from Rangers' operation....but looks like the peace for this yet to be achieved.

Why can't the security forces clean the city for once...completely????

Najam Saeed Jun 22, 2016 07:33pm

How painful and sad to lose such a talented person in this horrific way. When will all this end? Why has our society become so intolerant, heartless and cruel? Why can't we live in peace and harmony? Oh, so disgusting!!!!

Guest Jun 22, 2016 07:35pm

Pakistan artists and music is very popular in India. He will be missed.

parveez shafi Jun 22, 2016 07:37pm


BACKSEAT DRIVER Jun 22, 2016 07:38pm

The cancer has now totally spread in the country it needs cleansing a strong and brutal therapy!!

Shridhar Subrahmanyam Jun 22, 2016 07:39pm

It is a sad commentary on Pakistan society that just about every other day somebody or other prominent personality is gunned down. Why is this mindless violence and bloodletting going on without any action by the law enforcement agencies? The people killed are all who would be admired for their talent and public service and they get murdered. The society will pay a very heavy price for all this violence.

Logic Jun 22, 2016 07:41pm

A great singer & true sufi What a shame

Bhausaheb Chaudhari Jun 22, 2016 07:43pm

Feel very sad. No words to express grief.

Rafiq Jun 22, 2016 07:43pm

very sad to hear of this news.

A total failure of security. Officials looked other way or paid off. Pakistan down the tube, nearly at bottom.

AZURE Jun 22, 2016 07:43pm

@Muhammad Qureshi Great if these countries ban guns and weapons. Apart from the Police and Military, there's no need for the common man to have a gun!

M Amir Jun 22, 2016 07:44pm

SHOCKING!!! Shame on government, and law enforcement officers. If people around the world have no respect for Pakistan that's because we don't respect or care about our own people & country. Government shouldn't just arrest some random people, but bring people or group whether it is religious or political who is behind this. This is unforgiving.

Javaid Jun 22, 2016 07:44pm

Cultural capital is being targeted!

Alam Jun 22, 2016 07:45pm

when criminals are voted to power then we deserve to get this. our vote make criminals so powerful that LEAs cannot put hand on them.

Vinod Narang Jun 22, 2016 07:45pm

Indeed very sad. Killing innocent people during Ramadan. Where is Pakistan headed to

Alam Jun 22, 2016 07:46pm

@Rizz ...Law???? First elect those who respect law then criticise.

M Amir Jun 22, 2016 07:48pm

Somebody just attacked our culture & heritage. Unforgiving.

Hassan Abbas Jun 22, 2016 07:48pm

A separate government for Karachi must be established

Tamil Guru Jun 22, 2016 07:49pm

A savage, barbaric and shameful act. Why is there gun control in Pakistan?.

Iqbal Jun 22, 2016 07:51pm

All calls of "cleaning the city once and for all" are absurd as asking to cure cancer once and for all. You can't do it.

So the rangers solution is totally useless. We need a strong policing system. But we also won't have it. Because powers that are responsible for ensuring that are the very powers that cause the corruption.

It's a vicious circle, getting out of which is nowhere in sight thanks to our amazing ability to ignore ALL horror/violence/injustice until it knocks on our doorstep. It hasn't knocked on enough doors yet I guess. So who are we then?

A nation in the waiting.

Majid Jun 22, 2016 07:51pm

Both the 'Big Bosses' are outside of the country and the terrorists are freely roaming as the Sindh government is sleeping as usual.

Tariq Mahmood Jun 22, 2016 07:52pm

OMG, no words to express pain and sorrow for this. Heart sink to see what happing in my country

NPS Jun 22, 2016 07:53pm

I am so sad, I have no words to express my pain!!! Why?????

md Jun 22, 2016 07:54pm

sad.. please don't blame the gun now.

Pakistani Jun 22, 2016 07:56pm

It seems like it is starting over again and Rangers needs to step up again and seek and neutralize this menace and they should go all the way. Find these killers where ever they are and eliminate them. As far as government goes, I am sure they are too busy protecting themselves and looting this great country and keep voting for these thugs is only going to bring more pain to us. Unless and until we stand up and fight for our rights. Also, where is MQM supposedly the care tacker of this city i like to hear from them now because they are quick to show up when someone talks about their party as well, we need major overhaul here and only people can change it. JAGOO PAKISTAN JAGOO

Hamza Sadruddin Jun 22, 2016 08:00pm

How is this country running? Will the situations be never right? Corruption, injustice, chaos, and many others could be used for this country. COAS do something start hanging the ones responsible. Take the people caught by Rangers to Military Court. Enough is enough.

Asif Jamil Jun 22, 2016 08:02pm

@Jahangir Aijaz

I went back from Europe to live in Pakistan after 48 years, what I saw there made me physically sick: it has become one of the most intolerant countries. The ignorant fanatics and extremists have turned it into hell.

I said Good Bye to my homeland and came back to the heaven that Europe is.

Arshad, Canada Jun 22, 2016 08:03pm

What a sad news. Why Why Why do we have to go through this kind of news so often?

Talkn Parrot Jun 22, 2016 08:03pm


Salman Jun 22, 2016 08:04pm

A sorry state of affairs. karachi is bleeding because of politicians, law enforcement agencies & most of all the public itself.

John Jun 22, 2016 08:10pm

RIP...Do Pakistan need democracy... and corrupt politicians who sits in London and Dubai and control their parties. A military take over and cleaning is urgently required.

gp65 Jun 22, 2016 08:10pm

Condolences from an Indian

Houlbelat Jun 22, 2016 08:14pm

@bhutto: How you know it is terrorists' killing? Target killers are an entirely different lot in need of targeted operation.

Baba Bingo Jun 22, 2016 08:15pm

Peace with India and Afghanistan essential for stability in Pakistan

syed Jun 22, 2016 08:15pm

Very sad.

Got the punishment for Loving Mohammad (PBUH) and his Ahlebait.

Hassan Sharif Manj Jun 22, 2016 08:16pm

Wirra! Sabri was carried off.I have no words to fulminate it.

Farhan Jun 22, 2016 08:20pm

Very sad. Pakistan not anymore a place for moderates to live. Shame on the government and its machinery.

Raghu Jun 22, 2016 08:21pm

It's time for Pakistan artist to migrate in hindsight those artist who migrated to India did a good thing got recognisation and more money

Zak Jun 22, 2016 08:23pm

@Bored so why its not blocked if it is a conspiracy then.

lb Jun 22, 2016 08:23pm

pepole in pakistan are at the mercy of God

Shakeel Ahmed Jun 22, 2016 08:27pm

very sad very disappointing. How could justice departments send blasphemy notice to non govt religious organizations those must be sent only to whom are accused of, i think they are responsible for such a non responsible and illogical act which could pose safety concerns on the accused ones, as we cant trust any religious group for being un armed or extream views as whole nation is witness of such cases.

raju Sitamau Jun 22, 2016 08:32pm

Very sad. How can they kill an artist who sang praise of almighty..condolences from his Indian fans

Adeel Azmat Jun 22, 2016 08:34pm

Very sad to see this. It should be noted that while Rangers have done operations, the overall crime levels have decreased, not finished.

Hope our investigators can find not just the people who did this, but those you funded this.

Aman ki asha Jun 22, 2016 08:35pm

When music ,entertainment ,social fabric is targeted it shows terrorist are losing the battle.Its only an act of desperation .Use agencies for commoners protection not political gains or as Z plus security of politicians - from a sad south Asian .

NASR Jun 22, 2016 08:36pm

My wife is visiting her family in Karachi. We were both there in Karachi last August. Around two weeks ago in a call she told me that it seems comparatively to last years again crime is on the increase. So why cant we stabilize peace in the city of Karachi? in just last few days a son is kidnapped , A doctor is killed, and now the most prominent qawwal Amjad Sabri has rendered his life to this city. Such a shame.

naji Jun 22, 2016 08:36pm

It seems that there is total anarchy in this so called city (because according to city definition it should have, water supply and drainage system, it should have 24 hours electricity, have a mayor to take care water, city maintenance, police, cleaning and disposal system and so on).

Masood Jun 22, 2016 08:38pm

This is what happens when you try to remove the Army or Rangers. Somebody has to pay with their life. Imagine what will happen when they are gone. Blood bath every where ?

azkhan71 Jun 22, 2016 08:44pm

Inna lillahi Wa Inna Ilahi Rajaioon.. Sad day for Pakistan and specially a very sad day for Qawali fans. We all know that this shameless government will not do anything and in couple weeks, everyone will forget about this loss and there will be no report publish nor the real culprits will be arrested.

Bahjat Jun 22, 2016 08:49pm

Shocking!!! The terrorists are giving a message , loud and clear, 'we are very much around and kicking.'

M.Sethi Jun 22, 2016 08:54pm

The terrorist are aware that in order to instill fear ,the targets have to be people who are renowned and valued by the masses.

If,peace is to be restored in Karachi and the conspiracy foiled to fracture it,Then this inept provincial government must be removed and governor rule established

Jags Jun 22, 2016 08:55pm

It's the work of non-state actors, so why to bother!

Atif Canadvi Jun 22, 2016 08:56pm

So can we use the Rangers for the protection of the common person. Or is it going to always remain a political bargaining chip. In my opinion Pakistan's biggest problem is illegal firearms, which in turn gives rise to legal ones, but the bullet doesn't differentiate.

Safdar Jun 22, 2016 08:59pm

Very sad news!!! Please LEAs have a sincere, consistent and coordinated effort to eliminate terrorists

Saima Khan Jun 22, 2016 09:03pm

Fakhre Alam, Chairman of Sindh Censor Board, has claimed in a tweet that Sabri had earlier submitted an application for security, but the home department did not act on it.

Modern Appeasement Jun 22, 2016 09:04pm

Extremely sad to hear .Amjad Sabri was everybody favorite and this is something horrific, LEAs must act fast and arrest the killers.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Jun 22, 2016 09:09pm

Where were the LEAs? when this innocent man was being killed in broad daylight. It is a national loss. My heart cries.

The problem is that the entire urban sindh operation is against one political party. It is absolutely not across the board. Hence real criminals are roaming freely and street crimes are at a record high.

Naseem Khan Jun 22, 2016 09:21pm

Reh gai rasm-e-azzan, Roh-e-Bilali na rahi

Sad and Appalling Tragedy.

azaad Jun 22, 2016 09:24pm

It is this atmosphere of hate, that is responsible for such tragedies. Come on, allow some freedom of speech!! Reform the blasphemy law, if it cannot be abolished!

hitman Jun 22, 2016 09:25pm

very sad , regards from india

Battleaxe Jun 22, 2016 09:26pm

Karachi is back to old days , I didn't know him but an artist should be warned if his act is not correct but killing him has silenced a voice that had miles to go, sad.

Shoukat Iqbals Jun 22, 2016 09:28pm

No one is safe in Karachi. In terms of law and order problems, PPP’s govt have performed substantially worse than other govt's in Karachi.

Zoab Khan Jun 22, 2016 09:29pm

Saddddddddd, no words.

Yousuf Jun 22, 2016 09:32pm

Unless the government change its policy of zero tolerance against criminals and terrorists, we would not see any improvement in this great city.

saima Jun 22, 2016 09:32pm

What is happening in pakistan . Amjad sbri is dead .

Haque Parast Jun 22, 2016 09:36pm

So where are the champions who claims that Karachi is now peaceful? Robberies, kidnapping, target killings... what has stopped? By tying hands of one opponent in conflict yet leaving the other opponent free to attack you can never bring peace. There is no peace in Karachi. The only difference is that now only Muhajirs are being robbed, killed and kidnapped.

watson Jun 22, 2016 09:41pm

He was a fantastic qawwal, may his soul rest in eternal peace.Looks like the taliban are now targeting important people first the Sindh CJ`s son is kidnapped for ransom or bargaining reasons and now Sabri.The operation has definitely brought down petty crimes and political revenges but target killing and kidnapping continue.Patrolling should increase along with Helicopter patrolling of the dangerous areas of the city and the Afghan refugees must be sent home forthwith.

PRD Jun 22, 2016 09:43pm

So sad. Condolences from India. I am not a qawwali fan, but I used to listen Sabri Brothers and enjoy a lot!

We will miss the voice. Rest in peace brother.

Imran Jun 22, 2016 09:52pm

The enemies of Pakistan are deliberately targeting our intellectuals (doctors, lawyers, artists etc) to degrade the very foundations of our society. The corrupt ruling class obviously does not help our cause either. The Sindh government needs to go and governor rule needs to be imposed immediately. Martial law needs to be declared in the city of karachi. The army needs to deal with enemies of Pakistan with an iron hand and clean up this city forthwith. And our prime minister needs to cut short his summer vacation in England and needs to come back to the country that he claims to be the prime minister of, namely Pakistan.

Syed Rizvi Jun 22, 2016 09:54pm

This is a curse on the country for suppressing religious rights of people, specially of minorities.

khan Jun 22, 2016 09:57pm

Rangers is in Karachi for last 30 years and situation is worst. Build police institution rather using Rangers.

Mike A Jun 22, 2016 09:58pm

Rest in peace. Don't have any words, numbed in shock.

Shahid Jun 22, 2016 10:06pm

May Amjad Sabris Soul rest in peace.A great loss Indeed!

hasan Jun 22, 2016 10:08pm

Why TTP killed him? or are they just trying to seek publicity? Was it really a case of Blasphemy? if yes, why was he killed now after two years? Doesn't make sense

Justice Jun 22, 2016 10:08pm

Very sad and tragic news, As long as croupt PPP's appointed police are in charge of Karachi security, no one will ever be safe. These croupt politicians only cares about their own security, the don't care about civilians.

Lafanga Jun 22, 2016 10:12pm

TTP claiming responsibility for this. Why would these savages gun down a qawwal so I am not sure if I take their claim too serious. In absence of any reason I would put this as a crime to further destabilize Pakistan amd specially Karachi amd show that even a harmless and much loved qawwal is not safe in the city. This is carefully calculated crime and the finger squarely points at one or two culprits and we all know who they are.

Sameen Jun 22, 2016 10:18pm

A city being Governed by an administrator. The biggest city in the world has no mayor and no police chief under him. 7 years no local Government. What else do you expect?

Dr. Pierre-Alain Baud / Pyaro (biographer of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) Jun 22, 2016 10:24pm

From the French Alps, just back from Pakistan, deeply shocked and profoundly saddened just knowing about the wild murder of Amjad Sabri Qawwal. His only sin will have been to sing Love... RIP.Too untimely and young to join back the Beloved... His Ishq Sufi message will remain alive in the universal soul, within the core of each of us...

Rana Muhammad Usman Jun 22, 2016 10:25pm

Since January one till today, There have been 161 incidents of Target Killing in Karachi. i.e 161 incidents in 173 days in 2016 alone.

sceptic Jun 22, 2016 10:43pm

looks like the old goons are out of their burrows again.

Faisal Jun 22, 2016 10:48pm

It’s really worse..... !!!

noob Jun 22, 2016 10:50pm

I'm ashamed of being a part of this society. We lie to ourselves every moment

rafeeq Jun 22, 2016 11:07pm

Karachi is out of control. Arresting Few MQM members will not bring peace because it also harbors Terrorist organizations with the biggest being TTP. There are more weapons in Karachi then Waziristan... More splinter groups to claim responsibility for a carnage then any city in the world. Karachi is a melting pot where you would see ISIS, TTP and other groups operating from there in coming days mark my words. Unfortunately ARMY is needed to clean these areas with not one specif group in mind but a rather broad operation against these cowards.

tabby Jun 22, 2016 11:44pm

nobody whether elite or holding a high portfolio or less priviledged educated person can do anything besides uttering sorrowful cries n showing resentment.

Lahori Kid Jun 22, 2016 11:47pm

To all the people who are concerned about the law and order situation in the country, stop blaming the government, WE THE PEOPLE should be held accountable if you want to blame anyone, we voted for them, now live with it and quit whining.

Parwez Akhtar Jun 23, 2016 12:04am

A sad country. All systems are broken,no count ability.No one to hold for answer.

tariq Jun 23, 2016 12:05am

@azaad , you are right

Vinod Singh Jun 23, 2016 12:10am

very sad news


Mohammad Afsar Jun 23, 2016 12:20am

One more sad incident causing the loss of innocent life in once beautifully peaceful city of Karachi.

A Pakistani Jun 23, 2016 12:52am

And yet again, no one condemning TTP who have clearly accepted the responsibilities in this target killing also!!

Khalid Hafeez Jun 23, 2016 01:05am

@lafanga very good

Mahmood Akhtar Jun 23, 2016 01:08am

The nation lacks discipline. We are not defining our limits.

Patrick Jun 23, 2016 01:07am

What purpose is served in murdering an artist of this calibre who is loved by so many

Saaqib Jun 23, 2016 01:08am

How many more lives to go like this?? This country is not worth living in anymore...

Taran Jun 23, 2016 01:16am

A tragic loss for South Asian music as a whole, the Sabri qawwalis have many fans in India too. Hopefully like the death of other great Western musical icons such as Prince and David Bowie, new audiences will seek out his recordings and videos on YouTube and discover something that will touch them. As for law and order in Karachi, who knows where all this will end.

Arif Jun 23, 2016 01:22am

What i dont understand is that if TTP has claimed responsibility for this act, why cant the govt go get them? arrest them? ban them? attack them?

whats going on in this country??

Arshad ,Canada Jun 23, 2016 01:30am

@MUHAMMAD USMAN KHAN , was this an accident? Be realistic.

Raza Jun 23, 2016 01:43am

@syed.This is not punishment. I am 100% sure he will be rdwarded jannah for the love he had shown for prophet and his ahle bait.indeed a great place for which every one dream is wating for him.

Imtiaz Ali Khan Jun 23, 2016 01:46am

@GULSHAN KUMAR Love you brother thank you. R.I.P Sufi Sahib.

Arif k Jun 23, 2016 01:47am

Akkad Saheb just visited Dallas tx few weeks back and had a great shows in Texas. What tragic lost!

Pakistani Jun 23, 2016 02:11am

A very sad news

flying star Jun 23, 2016 02:13am

innalillahi wa ina ilayhi rajiunn

Hassan Jun 23, 2016 02:31am

It is better to install CCTV Cameras than hiring policemen.

Hussain Zaidi Jun 23, 2016 02:46am

MY heart will be in our prayers MR. Sabri.

Salik Jun 23, 2016 02:56am

@lafanga societies where there are few guns are proven very safe. Yes ban guns without a licence.

M. Khan Jun 23, 2016 03:26am

Law Enforcers should not only chase, bring to justice the killers, but their political backers and anyone else connected to this lawlessness, whether inside or outside the country.

Fahim Jun 23, 2016 04:10am

@Rizz True...

Syed Zaidi Jun 23, 2016 04:10am

A very Sad news and a Sad Day for Pakistan, RIP

Ayub Jun 23, 2016 04:18am

very sad.

Raj Jun 23, 2016 04:29am

Shocking news! no words to say.. it is a sad loss for qawwali lovers and Pakistan. He was one of your gems.

Raj Jun 23, 2016 04:30am

it is a sad sad loss :(.. from India

Changez_Khan Jun 23, 2016 04:40am

A heartbreaking Shocking SAD News. RIP.

oracle Jun 23, 2016 04:45am

What a loss to humanity. The star has been plucked in its peak. My sympathy to his family and lovers qawwali lovers all over the world. It is time for self introspection instead of hate.

Ahsan Gul Jun 23, 2016 05:04am

Killers revolver wielding pictures are on floating around on the internet when police is going to apprehend him? Justice should be done properly.

KJ Jun 23, 2016 05:19am

@Lahori Kid : Well said. Can anyone explain who would want to target an artiste, out of all the people, and why? How is a peaceful performer a threat to anyone?

Faisal Jun 23, 2016 05:28am

Rise and let the world hear that time of this inept government is done. We are done with this bunch of uneducated and non progressive bunch. Rise up and demand change. How long Will you live like this?

SA Jun 23, 2016 05:33am

@Harmony-1© and the result is just out!

vvv Jun 23, 2016 06:33am

RIP Feel very sad moment I read the news, singer, musician, writer , liberal , Docter, scholar , poet , scientist , actor etc are like a flower in any society . How can someone even think about killing of a harmless sufi singer.remember I buy his one CD just for listioning one song Chaap Tilak Saab chine . RIP brother . Now it's job of the law agencies and public to go to the roots of so called this target killing and eliminate the root cause rather then treat the symptoms .

romy Jun 23, 2016 06:47am

Extremely saddened by this barbaric act, an irreparable loss.

Paxton Roy Jun 23, 2016 06:53am

@Harmony-1© : Not nearly good enough!

Azmeen Jun 23, 2016 07:24am

What a shameful incident for the nation?

Tapish Jun 23, 2016 07:29am

The height of intolerance. A sad Loss for the music and religious community.

Arun-KS Jun 23, 2016 07:33am

'Bhar do jhooli....' is a world wide popular song among Hindi-Urdu speakers. 'Soofee Music' legacy belongs to us. We connect ourselves with the soul of philosophy behind it. It has capacity to unite us, unite all. Impure and divisive force eliminated a person who had the capacity to cure impure souls.

ATIF KHAN Jun 23, 2016 09:40am

Another one bite the dust! i believe, it is not the death of a man rather it is the assassination of an institution. Like any other attack in the past, the perpetrators would roam unharmed. This time, the government must take stringent steps to nip the evil in the bud or we would lose our heritage. i am not sure how many more REST OF PEACE messages will be typed by the pakistanis! rejected! dejected! May he rest in peace!

Sutirtha Jun 23, 2016 09:46am

Condolence from India. We lost a great artist in the whim of religious war. Extremism is not good in any circumstance.

Ali Jun 23, 2016 10:34am

What a wonderful, modern, democratic, highly civilised, generously tolerant and kind country Pakistan is! This execution speaks volumes. How many people have been killed in Pakistan like this in last 5 years? What did this man do to 'deserve' this cruel execution?

Amir Khan Jun 23, 2016 10:45am

Very shocked, saddened and ashamed by this dastardly act. Too many people to intolerance, extremism, sectarianism and ethnicity. When will Pakistan rid itself of Mir Qasim and Mir Jaafar type characters, who betray their faith, nation and character for a few dollars. The Government, establishment, Judiciary, Media and Civil Society have to unite against this common enemy and cut it in the bud. Sweeping arrests, raids and operations need to be conducted across the board sparing no one. Academia, religious scholars, madrassas need to educate the masses about tolerance, patience and forgiveness. A blanket ban on carrying, displaying, purchasing or moving arms and amunition needs to be imposed. Borders need to be effectively controlled, monitored and manned. Justice must be swift, relentless and firm, regardless of race, colour, creed, caste or religion. It must also be visible. RIP Amjad Sabri. We have failed you. Atleast provide protection, compensation and support to his family.

Azad Jun 23, 2016 11:03am

@M.Jamal Beautiful comments. I couldn't agree more. It is the responsibility and authority of the elected representatives of Karachi to lead Karachi instead of unelected people from outside of Karachi.

USELESS Jun 23, 2016 11:47am

Who are these people? I thought equality is the essence of the worlds largest religion...then why this lslam that islam...all one isnt it? Such a great the greatest unifier on this planet...what is the use of a big army nuclear blah blah....if cant even protect such valuable treasures...doesnt matter against whom..evil begets evil...lets all try to be civil citizens 0f this planet

Hari Har Jun 23, 2016 12:39pm

We are all shocked and devastated on this assassination. We whole heartedly condemn this dastardly act. Pakistan has lost an illustrious son, a great artist. Across the borders 1.2 billion Indians mourn with equal heavy heart.

Maxie Jun 23, 2016 01:31pm

Very sad! RIP! May the Almighty provide strength to the family to cope up with the unbearable loss.

Concerned Pakistani Jun 23, 2016 01:32pm

@KAHN Why not DG Rangers should resign????

Bilal Jun 23, 2016 03:51pm

Rangers claimed that we have done successful operations in Karachi, so what about this tragedy of Amjad ALi Sabri? Is there any single citizen of Pakistan is safe or not ? And what about VIP Culture in Pakistan ?

B. Hamid Jun 23, 2016 04:03pm

@Rizz No only one person can not lead the justice. Its the country of all equal citizens called Pakistani. If the people will start being self-wish so of course everyone would become selfish towards their own betterment.

Baldev Singh Jun 23, 2016 04:09pm

Killings NOT good for any body !

jyotika Jun 23, 2016 05:19pm

@Lahori Kid well said sir

ahaq Jun 23, 2016 05:35pm

This is nonsense. Killing for what reason? . Hate must stop

Sunilsm Jun 23, 2016 06:11pm

RIP. Arts and artist are gift of God. Such a shame full act, where ever it may happen. Miss u and ur art for ever sir.

ATEEQ ABRO Jun 23, 2016 06:29pm

amjad sabri was great man he was very sinceare person i prey for him and his family

Raja Islam Jun 23, 2016 09:03pm

Is someone is claiming to have committed this heineous crime then why can the security agencies not go and get that organization? Pakistan has the sixth largest army in the world and cannot do anything to wipe out the Taliban.

Raja Islam Jun 23, 2016 09:07pm

@Shahan That is a fact. Your sarcasm cannot change facts.

Khan USA Jun 24, 2016 02:24pm

What a shame ! Innocent people are killed everyday and nobody cares . The PPP and PML N governments are busy in looting public money with both hands .

Khan USA Jun 24, 2016 02:28pm

@Kabir There is no incarnation !

Khan USA Jun 24, 2016 02:40pm

@Alam Do you want to bring your representatives from Islamabad ?

Farhan Jun 24, 2016 03:49pm

Shame on this poor system where everybody's dying due to reckless of government.

Umer Zubairi Jun 24, 2016 04:46pm

This is unfair with amjad sabri and also its family. we all are very dissaponted after this incident. Amjad sabri is my favourite qawwal my wish is to meet her but this wish is un-completed. May his soul ( REST IN PEACE)

Tunio Jun 24, 2016 04:54pm

Qaim Ali should resign!

IndianPunjabi Jun 24, 2016 11:35pm

Its sad that whenever Artist of this repute try build the bridges between two neighbors, they meet the same fate. Same thing happened to Nursrat Fateh Ali khan Sahab. Saddest thing that could happen the Holy Month of Ramzan.

Why don't they understand that Talent/Art/Culture can't be restricted within physical boundaries. That's only thread of hope which gives message of love and peace without any selfish objective.

May the God give sense to these senseless people...!

AM Jun 25, 2016 02:48pm

May your soul rest in peace Amjad Sahab. You will remain in hearts of Millions of your fans across the Globe. AM from India