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Man who shot dead Amjad Sabri arrested: sources

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KARACHI: A breakthrough was made into the murder of qawwal Amjad Sabri when the main alleged assassin was arrested, ARY News reported.

Imran Siddiqui was arrested in a joint operation conducted by police and intelligence agencies. However, his arrest has yet to be made public.

Sources confirmed that Imran was directly involved in the assassination of Amjad Sabri and has fired at him. He is being held at an undisclosed location where he has revealed the names of his accomplices as well. Police are conducting various raids to arrest them as well.

It is alleged that Sabri was killed after a financial dispute and the failure to pay extortion.


Read more: Heart-breaking: Amjad Sabri’s last words to killers


Siddiqui has arrived from Thailand a few months before the assassination. Police have obtained copy of his passport and other details. He is reportedly a member of a political party and an employee at a government organisation.

Amjad Sabri, aged 45, was travelling by car from his home in Liaquatabad area to a television studio, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire.

Pakistani security officials inspect the bullet-riddled car of Sufi musician Amjad Sabri who was killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in Karachi on June 22, 2016. One of Pakistan's best known Sufi musicians was shot dead by unknown assailants on a motorcycle in Karachi on June 22, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an "act of terror". Amjad Sabri, aged around 45, was travelling by car with a companion in the city's Liaqatabad area, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire, Farooq Sanjarani, a police officer told AFP. / AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

Grisly mobile phone footage of the scene of the crime shot by an onlooker showed the singer’s head slumped on his right shoulder and a pool of blood on the ground by the driver’s side where he sat.

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Sabri was a ‘Qawwal’, or singer of ‘Qawwali’, which is a traditional form of Islamic devotional music that is popular across South Asia with roots tracing back to the 13th century.

Sabri, the son of another legendary Qawwali singer, Ghulam Farid Sabri who died in 1994, was a fixture on national television and regularly performed on a morning show during the month of Ramazan.

 

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