Pakistani Christian Bishops express heartfelt sorrow over the ruthless assassination of Amjad Sabri renowned Qawali singer of Pakistan. In a message sent to Agenzia Fides, the National Commission for Peace and Justice expressed great distress over loss of the legendary artist. Amjad Sabri was gunned down on June 22, Wednesday by unknown assailants.
In its statement, the National Commission for Justice and Peace stated, “Deep sorrow and condemnation for yet another murder that has shaken the nation.” President of the National Commission for Justice and Peace, Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani along with the Executive Director of the commission Cecil Chaudhry, jointly stated in a statement, that this was a heart wrenching incident. They expressed solidarity with the bereaved Sabri family as they recalled “the extraordinary contribution of Sabri for the art of Qawwali and Sufism.”
“Music can allow to overcome barriers, creating peace in society” while praises were heaped upon “Sabri’s efforts to promote peace through his music.” The commission asserted in its statement, “We need to stay united against the forces that intend to damage the nation.”
The Commission called upon the government of Pakistan “to take concrete steps to bring the perpetrators to justice”. Bishop Joseph Arshad prayed for the grieving family, “asking God to grant the strength to overcome this irreparable loss.”
On Wednesday, June 22 afternoon two gunmen fired at Sabri’ car in the Karachi’ Liaqatabad area. 45- 45-year-old Qawali maestro is survived by wife and five children. “Two riders used 30-bore pistols to shoot Sabri five times. The bullet to the head took the qawwal’s life. The attackers took the Hassan Square route to escape,” Inspector General Mushtaq Mehar told the media.