Pakistan’s most renowned qawwal Amjad Sabri was killed as his vehicle came under attack in Karachi on Wednesday, SP Asghar Usman confirmed.
Sabri’s driver was also critically injured as armed men fired at his car as it was passing by Liaquatabad. Police have reached the scene and further investigations are underway.
Sabri was embroiled in a controversy last year when he claimed that Bajrangi Bhaijaan violated copyrights by using the qawwali Bhar Do Jholi without obtaining the rights.
The singer had said that he intended to file a case against the film’s director, Kabir Khan, and the playback singer for using the song without his permission.
Amjad was the son of renowned qawwal late Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri. The Sabri brothers were a Sufi Qawwali party. Sabri Brothers were originally led by the soaring voice of Ghulam Farid Sabri, whose periodic repeat use of ‘Allah’ during songs became a Sabri signature, and his younger brother late Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri. They were the first exponents of Qawwali to the West.