Renowned Pakistani qawwal Amjad Sabri was shot dead on a busy street in Karachi on Wednesday as he was on his way to perform at an iftar party in Pakistan’s financial hub. Two unidentified gunmen shot at the windscreen of Amjad’s car as it drove off a bridge in Liaquatabad Market area. The 45-year-old was hit by three bullets. His death was mourned by all.
Lata Mangeshkar: An artist doesn’t belong to a country community or religion.An artist belongs to the world. The death of an artist is matter of grief for civilization. We mourn the going of an artist who sang to God. Now he has joined Him.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan: Very sad. Waqt se pehle chala gaya. Don’t know the reason. May his soul rest in peace. Khuda uski makhfarat kare uski aatma ko mukti mile, shaanti mile.
Sonu Nigam: His car was right behind my bus when a car besides us exploded in Karachi. Since then we had an emotional connect. It’s tragic that there are people in this world who still defend this madness in the name of religion.
Arijit Singh: It’s a loss for both India and Pakistan. It’s about time we took strong measures to protect our national treasure from destruction.
Amit Trivedi: Very sad news this is.Massive loss to music…one more amazing artist leaves us and so suddenly and violently.Heartfelt condolence and prayers.
Sajid-Wajid: It’s very sad to hear of Amjad Sabri who sang to God, coming to such a violent death is shocking.
Talat Aziz: Shocking and very sad ! Had listened to him about ten years back and have been a great fan of his father and uncle.. Don’t know what’s happening to this world ! May he rest in peace.
Ali Zafar: It’s shocking and hear breaking. Don’t have words to express. Sad. Very sad indeed. I hope his murderers are brought to justice and his legacy lives on. I remember meeting him at the PSL match last but my fondest memory of him is him singing Channo many years ago with me on a bus ride to a cricket match that we were playing. He was a gentle soul with a powerful voice. May God bless his soul.
Shantanu Moitra: One of the doyens of Sufi tradition , magical voice, a great qawwal, another needless demise. The world of traditional music is poorer without him.
Inputs by Torsha Sen