KARACHI: Renowned Sufi singer Amjad Sabri, who was shot dead yesterday by unknown assailants, has been laid to rest amid sobs and teats at Paposh Nagar graveyard in Karachi.
He was buried next to his father Farid Sabri, who was also a major qawwali singer, and a leading member of the Sabri Brothers.
Samaa TV’s footage shows tens of thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of Sabri.
Sabri, aged around 45, was travelling by car from his home to a television studio to attend Ramzan transmission, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire.
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.
"Shocked and saddened by news of the killing of Amjad Sabri, not just a crime but an attack on our culture and heritage," added Mustafa Qadri, a human rights researcher at Amnesty International.
While the motive behind the killing was not immediately clear, Arieb Azhar, another popular Sufi singer, told AFP.
"Our own dear Amjad Sabri, son of Ghulam Farid Sabri and nephew of Maqbool Sabri, the renowned Sabri brothers, was a true lover of God, life and all that's good," he said.
"His mission of love has tragically been cut short by those who spread hate in the world, and is a great loss for all the divided people of our country," he added. –Samaa/AFP