Pakistan: Two suspects arrested over musician’s murder

11 November 2016

Two men suspected of killing Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan’s most famous singers, among other high-profile killings, were arrested by police as part of a city-wide crackdown in Karachi that netted dozens of arrests after a spate of sectarian shootings that left five dead in late October, reported Reuters on 7 November 2016.

Sindh province chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah stated: “For the first time we are officially announcing … with conclusive proof that these very people were involved in Amjad Sabri’s murder”, reported The Guardian on 7 November 2016.

Ali Shah said that the Counter-Terrorism Department “arrested two people from Liaquatabad” whose “weapons were recovered” and “after a probe and forensic investigation, found proof of involvement in 28 cases”, Pakistan news source Dawn reported on 7 November 2016. As part of the investigation, the chief minister said the found weapons were matched by using bullet casings from various crime scenes and autopsies.

The chief minister further stated that one of the two men was a neighbour of the singer, but that police were still trying to find a motive for the murder. Officials said the two men are from the Taliban-linked anti-Shia group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Previously a different Taliban-linked group claimed responsibility for the murder.

On 22 June 2016, two gunmen on a motorbike shot Sabri in his car just a kilometre away from his home in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi as he was on his way to a tv studio for an iftar transmission, the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast.

Sabri was a leading and respected Qawwali singer, a Sufi spiritual music, who came from a family of respected Qawwali singers, including his father Ghulam Farid Sabri and uncle Maqbool Sabri who led the scene from the 1950s in both Pakistan and India.


» Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – 8 November 2016:
Pakistani police raid religious schools, detain dozens

» Dawn – 7 November 2016:
Two people involved I Amjad Sabri murder arrested by CTD: Sindh CM

» The Guardian – 7 November 2016:
Pakistani police arrest two people over Amjad Sabri murder

» Reuters – 7 November 2016:
Pakistan police raid scores of Karachi seminaries after killings

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