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Pakistan mourns 'cultural ambassador' Amjad Sabri

Updated June 22, 2016

KARACHI: Popular qawwal Amjad Sabri was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Karachi's Liaquatabad area on Wednesday, people belonging to all walks of life condemned the incident and mourned his death.

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.

Celebrities, politicians and media personalities took to social media and mourned his death while some talked to media and remembered the qawwal who represented Pakistan across the world.

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

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.

He last appeared on a Sehar transmission of a local news channel this morning.

Sabri's last television appearance.─ video courtesy: SAMAA