It is hard to believe that the Qawwali maestro is gone, leaving behind a legacy of Sufi music. It’s not just Pakistan mourning the killing of Amjad Sabri, but condemnations are also pouring in from showbiz personalities from across the border.
One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians was shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi on Wednesday afternoon, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an “act of terror”.
Amjad Sabri, aged around 45, was travelling by car from his home to a television studio, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire, killing him on the spot.
Here is how the famous Bollywood stars reacted:
Actress Alia Bhatt told PTI:
“It’s very unfortunate, heartbreaking and sad that something like this has happened to an artiste.”
Sonu Nigam, Popular Indian singer grieved at death of Sabri:
Amjad Sabri, Tragic departure! Not just sang wth me bt escaped death with me and my fmly on 10 April 2004 from a bomb blast in Karachi. RIP
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) June 22, 2016
Richa Chadha also shocked:
RIP Amjad Sabri. You can kill an artist, but art is eternal. Big loss for music globally #stopviolence
— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) June 22, 2016
Armaaan Malik tweets:
Sad 2 hear abt #AmjadSabri sahab's death. Don't know why innocent musicians are being killed, even tho they spread da msg of love & aman!!
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) June 22, 2016
Ayushmann recalls Sabri brothers contribution to Qawwali:
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) June 22, 2016
Singer-composer Amit Trivedi tweeted:
Amjhad sabri from sabri brothers qawwal group shot dead in Pakistan. One more brilliant artist has left us. RIP
— Amit Trivedi (@ItsAmitTrivedi) June 22, 2016
One of Bollywood’s finest actors Jaaved Jaafri offers condolences:
RIP #AmjadSabri..inna lillaahe wa inna elaihe raaje'oon.. Deepest condolences to the family and friends
— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) June 22, 2016
Pakistani artistes offer condolences
Amjad Sabri, a man who was not only close to God himself but brought the entire nation close to God through his beautiful voice. #AmjadSabri
— Humaima Malick (@HumaimaMalick) June 22, 2016
Extremely shocked and deeply saddened by the brutal murder of Amjad Sabri. My heart felt condolences to his family.
— Fawad Afzal Khan (@_fawadakhan_) June 22, 2016
Sad and shocking.. Huge loss to the nation. Prayers for the Sabri family. Thank you Amjad Sabri… https://t.co/vGr5yYMrL5
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 22, 2016
No words. This is extremely sad, disturbing and unacceptable specially since he had submitted an application for his protection! #AmjadSabri
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) June 22, 2016
My GOD!!! horrified by such brutality. Saddening & utterly Disturbing. #AmjadSabri 💔
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) June 22, 2016
May you rest in peace Now #AmjadSabri
— Quratulain Balouch (@Quratulainb) June 22, 2016
Sad loss of #amjadsabri totally speechless. May his soul Rest In peace
— Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (@RFAKWorld) June 22, 2016