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Pakistan mourns 'cultural ambassador' Amjad Sabri

Updated Jun 24, 2016 04:03pm

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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

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Comments (14) Closed



Zak Jun 22, 2016 07:20pm

What a massive loss to Pakistan.

Javaid Jun 22, 2016 07:39pm

Cultural capital of Pakistan is being targeted!

Houlbelat Jun 22, 2016 08:21pm

Alas! No words left to express why this----?

Sarwar, USA. Jun 22, 2016 08:24pm

RIP... So sad. When no action is taken on culprits this is what we get. All Jits gone in dust bins??? All terrorists roam free???

Ahmed Jun 22, 2016 10:10pm

Three Days Three major events to put the dark shadows on Karachitis again.......

Karim Hatvi Jun 22, 2016 11:36pm

Inna Lillah-e-Wa'Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon.

Loss of humanity,

Hameed Jun 22, 2016 11:38pm

the legacy of the sabri family end here May his soul rest in Peace your voice will resonate forever

Pradeep Jun 23, 2016 01:00am

What an wonderful voice and a soulful singer! Second to none, RIP!

Arabian Sea Jun 23, 2016 03:22am

This is perhaps no time for political point scoring but let it be noted that the Karachi operation lost its plot quite some time back when it became politicised and started getting involved in propping up rival political groups in the city. In any case, with apparently no end goal in sight it was in the danger of burning itself out in any case.

K.Shah Jun 23, 2016 05:42am

Killing goes on despite claiming victory over terrorists. Hollow claims & hollow victory.

goldigger Jun 23, 2016 07:24am

I am so frustrated right now! :(

Srinivasan Kailasam Jun 23, 2016 11:39am

@Zak -Correction though ever so small if you agree. A loss to the whole sub continent.

Maher USA Jun 23, 2016 07:05pm

Sad...

Aamir Jun 24, 2016 10:22am

Heart broken.. just heart broken

Lots of love and lots of prayers for his beautiful children.