Politicians, media, internet and citizens all in a frenzy over the killing of Amjad Sabri

Amjad Sabri
Picture courtesy Coke Studio.

Amjad Sabri, who led the legacy of Sabri Brothers, was shot dead on Wednesday in Karachi. What inspired his killing is somewhat unknown, but the country is robbed of a star that gave a modern-era touch while keeping the essence of his predecessors’ art.

At the young age of 40, Amjad Sabri left five children and a widow who reside in his ancestral home in Liaquatabad area of Karachi. He was a regular in the morning shows across multiple channels in the country, his appearances in Sehri, Iftar and Eid transmissions always lit up the atmosphere. Rest was his voice that did the magic for so many years mesmerizing his fans and the Qawali lovers with beautiful and soul-searching tracks such as Tajdar-e-Haram, Mast Qalandar, Karam Mangta Hoon, Khawaja Ki Diwani and More Haji Piya among others.

With no enmity and spreading love through Qawali, Amjad Sabri was a Sufi that often converted people to Islam through his powerful voice. In his neighbourhood, he was always available to help the unfortunate and though he was nationally and internationally acclaimed, he remained grounded and true to his roots.

People across the internet remembered him in various ways. Some narrated their relationship or a moment with him while others spoke of him generally and some remembered and acknowledged him through his designed creatives. Pakistan was sad and crying over the loss of not just Amjad Sabri but the legacy of Sabri Brothers that he continued.

How known and unknown people reacted to the news that declared Amjad Sabri killed by unidentified assailants?

The media fraternity also stepped up with anger on the killing of Amjad Sabri. The group was led by Fakhr-e-Alam, a Pakistani singer, VJ, host and National award winning actor. He spoke on behalf of the industry that they are equal VIPs to the political big wigs and should get Police vehicles for protocol and protection. If the state fails to deliver, then the politicians and influential people who have such security need to return it back to the government as it is courtesy of taxpayers in the country. If the high profile media personnel are not classified as equally important then at least they will be at ease to know that they are as vulnerable as the politicians on the roads of Karachi.

Just a few weeks back Amjad Sabri recorded for the first time for the 9th session of Coke Studio collaborating with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on the song Aj Rang Hai. Back in May during the recording, he said about 40 years ago, my father and Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan read this kalam, and 40 years later, Rahat and I are reading it again on the Coke Studio platform.