Famous Paksitani Qawwali Singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in Karachi on Wednesday.
The 45-year-old singer was shot in the city’s Liaquatabad area, while he was travelling in his car with an associate.
“Armed motorcyclists opened fire on the qawwal’s Honda Civic in Liaquatabad,” SP Asghar Usman confirmed.
The unknown assailants came in a motorcycle and fired at him, Additional Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told Dawn news.
Though the both rushed to Abbassi Shaheed Hospital, Sabri succumbed to his injuries. His associate is in critical condition.
Ghulam Ahmed, an eye witness told SAMAA TV that the assailants shot at one side of the car and turned and fired four shots on the other side of the car, as well.
Additional police surgeon Dr Rohina Hasan stated that he was shot thrice – twice in the head and once on the face – police sources said to the Dawn.
According to the reports, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had issued a notice in a blasphemy case against Sabri and two Pakistani TV Channels for allegedly playing some controversial qawwali in a morning show.
He is one of the renowned Sabri brothers and the son of famous Qawwal Ghulam Farid Sabri.
Amjad learnt the basics of music from his father himself in his childhood. He started performing with his father in late 1988.
He was on news in Indian media, after he claimed that the qawwali song “bhar do jholi” in Salman Khan movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” violated copyrights without attaining rights to include it in the movie.