International Desk – Popular Pakistani Qawwali singer Amjad Sabri was shot dead in an attack in his car by unknown assailants in Liaquatabad area of Karachi in Pakistan, media reports said on Wednesday.
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported on its online version that two assailants came on a motorcycle and fired their guns on his car leaving him dead.
The motive is still unclear, the paper reporter quoting additional inspector general Mushtaq Mehar.
Sabri, 45, along with his associates was travelling Liaquatabad when the assailants opened gunfire.
Sabri died at a hospital after he, along with his associate Abbas Shaheed, was rushed to the nearby medical facilities.
“Two riders used 30-bore pistols to shoot Sabri five times, one bullet in the head took the qawwal’s life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape,” said an official.
“We have cordoned off the area and will arrest the culprits using all our resources,” he added.
An eye witness, Ghulam Nabi, said, two men riding on motorcycle fired indiscreetly at the vehicle of Sabri.
“They turned and fired four shots on the other side of the car,” he added.
Additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan said the deceased Quwwali singer sustained three bullets injuries in his head.
In a tweet message, Chairman of Sindh Censor board, Fakhre Alam claimed Sabri earlier apply for his security to the Sindh police.
His body has been shifted to his resident.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaj Sharif strongly condemned the murder and directed the authorities concerned to investigate the matter thoroughly.
Chief Minister of Sindh state Syed Qaem Ali ordered IG Sindh to submit a report regarding the assassination as early as possible.
Islamabad high Court in 2014 issued a blasphemy notice for Amjad Sabri and two others Quwwali singers for playing Quwwali song during a morning show.
Amjad Sabri being one of the most popular Quwwali singers in Pakistan was famous for his soul-stringed rendition of mystic poetry.
Through his song he spread spirituality, mysticism and ecstasy for years.