Renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri was killed as his vehicle came under attack in Karachi on Wednesday.
Armed motorcyclists opened fire on the qawwal’s Honda Civic in Liaquatabad, SP Asghar Usman confirmed. His driver is said to be in a critical condition.
Sabri was rushed to the Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Amjad Sabri was the scion of the great Sabri brothers, who cemented a unique identity in Qawwali singing all around the world. The Sabri family rose to fame in the 1970s when the dynamic duo of Ghulam Farid Sabri and Maqbool Ahmed Sabri went on to redefining the old genre of Qawwali singing.
It was Amjad who took the reins from his father Ghulam Farid and Uncle Maqbool Sabri and took the family name forward carving a more popular and less niche identity for himself and his family. Some of the most famous works of the Sabri brothers include Tajdar-e-Haram and Bhar Do Jholi, both of which have been re-rendered by Amjad for the modern audiences.
Reactions poured in as people across all walks of life expressed grief over the incident.