“To Allah we belong and to him we shall return”.
Nobody had thought that the dawn of 22nd June 2016 will bring another heart-wrenching incident in Karachi.
Renowned Qawwal Amjad Fareed Sabri embraced martyrdom in a deadly target attack on Wednesday afternoon in Liaquatabad area of Karachi. Another high profile personality left to his heavenly abode after becoming victim of targeted killing in Karachi.
News of his death broke like wild fire. He left all his fans in a state of deep shock. Nobody was ready to accept his sudden demise in this way. His funeral was attended by huge number of his family members, fans, friends, political officials, social workers and artists. He has left 3 sons, 2 daughters and hundreds of thousands of fans throughout the world to mourn his death. His loss is irreparable and has created a huge vacuum which can’t be filled even after centuries. Legends like Amjad Sabri are born in centuries. Social media erupted with condolences and emotions of anger over this huge loss of the country. Simultaneously many people raised their hands to pray for his maghfiraat.
Tracing his forefathers, he was the son of Legendary Qawal Ghulam Fareed Sabri and nephew of Maqbool Sabri. While taking the ancestral legacy forward he earned extreme fame and recited several signature qawwalis namely Bhar Do Jholi, Tajdar-e-Haram, Sar-e-Lamakan and the list goes on.
He had represented Pakistan across the world and won numerous national and international awards. Not just the materialistic gain but he was able to won many hearts by his voice where ever he went to perform. There are very few people know that he was official Goodwill Ambassador for Peace at International Human Rights Commission.
It would not be wrong to say that he was the “most desired” guest in Ramzan transmissions where people used to wait for his performance.
I never knew I will have to recall my meet up with him with a heavy heart and teary eyes.I met Sabri Sahib in 2012. He was invited in a program at KU, his performance was soul-touching. He kept was asking students about their choice by saying “konsi sunaoun”?
Fortunately i got the opportunity and told him my favorite qawwali that I wanted to listen live. He responded saying:
“Zohar ka wakat hogaya hy ,Namaz parh k sunaoun ga.”
But I don’t know what came in his mind and he performed the qawwali for couple of minutes and left to offer Namaz and I left to catch my van. The memories are still fresh, his smiling face is still revolving around my eyes.
This high profile cold- blooded murder in broad day light has challenged law enforcement agencies. Soon after the incidents, concerned SHO and DSP get suspended which is a traditional step by Karachi police, as if this is the suitable solution. His fans are watching towards concerned LEAs to bring perpetrators to justice.