Friday, September 30, 2016

Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri Shot Dead: Act of Terror or Politics?

Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri Shot Dead: Act of Terror or Politics?

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Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri has been shot dead on Wednesday by people reportedly riding a motorcycle in Liaquatabad area, Karachi.

The shooting of the singer is being linked to either terror motives or political intentions. The police have called the 45-year-old singer’s shooting as an “act of terror.” The singer, according to the ABC, was on his way from his home in the eastern Korangi area to a television studio. It was then when a motorbike with the attackers pulled up the car alongside and began to fire, Officer Farooq Sanjarani stated.

Where police described the incident as a terror act, political parties have started blaming each other for the death of the singer. The reports have suggested that the Muttahida Qaumi Movement blamed the Pak Sarzameen Party on Wednesday of threatening the singer. “A conscienceless gang of Khayaban-e-Sahar was threatening Shaheed Amjad Sabri and asking him to visit their place,” senior MQM leader Nadeem Nusrat said as quoted by Pakistan Today.

The Sufi singer was hit by five bullets following which he was immediately taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. There he was declared dead. He was accompanied by a relative, Saleem Sabri, during his journey to the television studio who was also shot by the assailants. The hospital sources have confirmed that the singer’s relative was yet in a critical condition.”It was a targeted killing and an act of terrorism,” senior police officer Muqaddas Haider said.

The names of the suspects have not been revealed by authorities. The main reason for identifying the act as an act of terror is the prior attempts of the Taliban and Islamic State militants to attack Sufi mosques and shrines. One of them included the deadly attack on Data Darbar shrine in 2010 in Lahore that killed almost 40 people.

The death of Amjad Sabri was condemned not only by the music and entertainment industry but even the political figures in Pakistan. “Totally shocked to hear the news of @AmjadSabri. May Allah bless him with Jannah [heaven] for he praised Him & His Prophet beautifully all his life,” Pakistan’s parliament speaker Ayaz Sadiq tweeted.