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Amjad Sabri laid to rest amid sobs, tears; thousands attend funeral

KARACHI: Thousands of mourners gathered at Liaqatabad, Karachi, for the funeral of acclaimed Sufi singer and qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri whose death left the entire nation in mourning.

Sabri was laid to rest in the Paposhnagar Graveyard, next to his father, qawwali maestro Ghulam Farid Sabri.

His namaz-i-janaza was held after Zuhr prayers at Furqania Masjid in Liaquatabad where the renowned singer lived.

The funeral prayers were led by Maulana Ahmed Deewan Massoud the spiritual heir of Sufi saint Baba Farid.

Civil society and political leaders from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement including Farooq Sattar and Waseem Akhtar attended the funeral.

Rangers and police guarded the route of the funeral.

Earlier today his family received his body from the Chhipa Morgue and took it to their Liaquatabad residence.

Tearful mourners showered rose petals over an ambulance carrying the coffin of Sabri to his residence.

A wave of grief and shock gripped the country on Wednesday when armed motorcyclists sprayed Sabri with bullets in broad daylight in Liaquatabad area when the 40 years old was heading to a private TV channel to perform in its Ramazan transmission.

Amjad Sabri, was one of South Asia’s most popular singers of the ‘qawwali’, Sufi devotional music that dates back more than 700 years.

Amjad Sabri was the son of renowned qawwal of the 1960’s, Ghulam Farid Sabri, and the nephew of qawwali icon Maqbool Sabri who passed away in 2011.