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Amjad Sabri laid to rest in Karachi

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KARACHI: (APS) June 23, 2016-– Thousands of fans on Thursday thronged the streets of Karachi to attend the funeral of one of the best known Sufi musicians Amjad Sabri, who was gunned down a day earlier in what police called an “act of terror”.

The legendary qawwal singer has been buried beside his father and uncle‘s graves in Paposh Nagar graveyard.

According to details, Dewan Masood led the funeral prayers of Amjad Sabri.

Thousands of fans, supporters, neighbours and renowned celebrities gathered at the scene and participated in the funeral while the security arrangements were also tightened up on this occasion.

Sarwat Sabri demanded Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif to bring the killers of his brother to justice.He said Amjad Sabri’s death is a big loss for the nation.

Television footage showed tearful mourners showering rose petals over an ambulance carrying the coffin of Amjad Sabri Shops and businesses in the Liaquatabad and Nazimbad areas shut down for the day.

Mohammad Farooq Khan, a 36-year-old who contracted polio as a child, said he had walked 12 kilometres from the city’s north on his crutches to attend the singer’s last rites.

“Allah has brought to here to participate in the funeral of that great man,” he said.

Another mourner Shaheen Iqbal said she had asked Sabri for help just days earlier. “He gave me rations for Ramadan and some money. He also promised to help me get a small apartment,” she said, tearfully.

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Amjad Sabri, aged around 45, was travelling by car from his home in the city’s eastern Korangi area to a television studio, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire, Farooq Sanjarani, a police officer told Foreign news agency.

Sabri was hit by five bullets and was declared dead at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital while a companion, named as a relative, Saleem Sabri, was in critical condition, a hospital source added.

“It was a targeted killing and an act of terrorism,” Muqaddas Haider, a senior police officer said, without naming possible suspects.

Grisly mobile phone footage of the scene of the crime shot by an onlooker showed the singer’s head slumped on his right shoulder and a pool of blood on the ground by the driver’s side where he sat.

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.

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.

President Mamnoon Hussain condemned the attack. Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif took notice of the incident and demanded report of the incident from Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah.

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