| Karachi, Pakistan | 22 June 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Legendary Pakistani qawwal Amjad Sabri of the Sabri Brothers group was gunned down today (22 June 2016) in Karachi, Pakistan.
Among some of the famous qawwalis by the 45-year qawwal singe are ‘Bhar Do Jholi Meri’, ‘Tajdar-e-Haram’ and ‘Mera Koi Nahin Hai Tere Siwa’.
“Two riders used 30-bore pistols to shoot Sabri five times. The bullet to the head took the qawwal’s life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape,” Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar was quoted by one Pakistan media report.
In 2014, Sabri was involved in a blasphemy case after the Islamabad High Court issued notices to Pakistan’s Geo News and ARY TV channels over some songs played during a show, reports India Today.
Sabri was a “Qawwal”, or singer of “Qawwali”, which is a traditional form of Islamic devotional music that is popular across South Asia with roots tracing back to the 13th century. The music is closely associated with Sufism, a mystical sect of Islam that is viewed as heretical by hardline groups such as the Taliban, according to an AFP report.
The Taliban and other Islamist groups have carried out major attacks on Sufi mosques and shrines in recent years, including the 2010 bombing of the Data Darbar shrine in Lahore that killed more than 40 people, it added.
Sabri, the son of another legendary Qawwali singer, Ghulam Farid Sabri who died in 1994, was a fixture on national television and regularly performed on a morning show during the ongoing holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
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