Police claim headway in Sabri killing probe

Published: June 26, 2016
security officials gather around the bullet-riddled car of Qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri who was killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in Karachi on June 22, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

security officials gather around the bullet-riddled car of Qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri who was killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in Karachi on June 22, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Investigators claim to have made a major breakthrough in their probe into the targeted killing of acclaimed Sufi singer and qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri as police detained a close aide of the slain qawwal for questioning on Saturday.

Sabri was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne gunmen, hardly a kilometre away from his home in the Liaquatabad neighbourhood of Karachi on Wednesday. Law enforcers, including Rangers and police, have rounded up more than 100 suspects, including workers of a political party, in a citywide swoop.

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Investigators say they have detained a suspect with alleged links to Sabri’s killers. “We’ve made a major breakthrough in investigations. We will give good news soon,” a senior police official privy to investigations told The Express Tribune.

Police also detained Saleem Chanda, a closed aide of the late qawwal who travelling with him when the gunmen targeted his car. “Being a closed aide of Sabri, Chanda knew about all of his activities. The killers did not fire at him even though he was sitting next to Sabri,” said SHO Mohsin Zaidi. “Chanda might have investigators.”

Meanwhile, authorities asked law enforcement and intelligence agencies to name representatives for joint interrogation teams (JITs) being set up to investigate the killing of Amjad Sabri and kidnapping of Barrister Awais Ali Shah, the son of Sindh High Court’s chief justice. “Though the Sindh government has approved the summary for constituting JITs, we have asked the ISI, MI, IB, FIA, Rangers and others to name their representatives so that the JIT could be formed,” said a source in the Sindh Home Department.

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In a related development, leading artistes approached police on Friday seeking of security, saying they were feeling insecure in a city where acclaimed Sufi singer Amjad Sabri was gunned down in broad daylight. However, police expressed their inability to provide security to each and every person belonging to the showbiz industry. The Karachi police have already been facing a massive shortage of workforce. More than 8,000 policemen have been performing VIP duties in Karachi.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Pakistani
    Jun 26, 2016 - 9:09AM

    TALIBAN have already claimed responsibility like the way they have been claiming for last many years for various incidents but why no one Pakistani Media is talking on that this time..Recommend

  • Abbas Kazmi
    Jun 26, 2016 - 10:32AM

    Good Job Rangers and Interior Ministry.

    Drag them on the roads, all those who are responsible for unrest in Karachi. These low-lifes don’t deserver a second in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 26, 2016 - 12:32PM

    I am sure all investigations will reveal MQM as killer of Sabri as Hakeem Saeed.Recommend

  • Mohammed Sattar
    Jun 26, 2016 - 1:37PM

    More than 8000 police performing vip duties, well that says it all. Recommend

  • nadeem
    Jun 26, 2016 - 2:55PM

    Bottom line: is there any hope for this unfortunate city?Recommend

  • Mani
    Jun 26, 2016 - 3:08PM

    @Javaid …so you sure about MQM also involved in your birth?Recommend

  • Raisani
    Jun 26, 2016 - 3:15PM

    N soon we will hear that instructions came from London, plan made in a 120 Sq.Yds house of Azizabad and executed at a kilometer distance in Liaquatabad. But still that 120 Sq.Yds slaughter house will continue running for years, n nobody dares to ban that biggest human slaughter house.Recommend

  • Aisha
    Jun 26, 2016 - 3:26PM

    @Javaid Randhawa:
    Hakim Saeed was never killed by MQM- that’s been prove in court. Recommend

  • Point
    Jun 26, 2016 - 3:33PM

    Zarb-e-azb and killing of Pashtuns continue but no harm by our army on Hafiz Saeed and Lahore, or a zarb-e-azb in Karachi.
    WHich major terrorist army caught during Zarb-e-azb ? None!!

    Yet our people in punjab give safe houses to those people!!Recommend

  • Ray
    Jun 26, 2016 - 5:02PM

    @aIsha @mani delusional fools like you continue to believe conspity theories instead of admitting that mom is the cancer that eaten karachi…no one sare touchaudhry anybody not even can fly in l as long Khartoum w o the consent of the insane Mota in london….he was shedding tears for sabri and Imran Farooq we should have known from Umar sharif tears he knew right away that killer was tafu.I hope if there is a God he punishes them for depriving little children their father who brought love to millions all over the world…Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 26, 2016 - 5:21PM

    MQM like many other political parties has a terrorist wing but every high profile murder in the city should not be linked to it. There are others to whome the state has given weapons to protect citizens but in fact they are the real culprits one would wonder. Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jun 27, 2016 - 2:11AM

    @Mani: typical loser attitude, start abusing other when you don’t have an argument. Recommend

  • someone
    Jun 27, 2016 - 2:32AM

    I think it would be bettet to say MQM has a political wing that takes part in electionsRecommend

  • bigsaf
    Jun 27, 2016 - 2:48AM

    Even though the Pak Taliban took responsibility, it’s the same old denial about religious extremists amongst the Pakistani people. Recommend

  • irfan
    Jun 27, 2016 - 1:38PM

    @Pakistani: Most of their claim are false . Recommend

  • Yaqub
    Jun 28, 2016 - 3:16AM

    Just a hypothetical question. What if in a country the cops are corrupt and the courts collude with criminals? Recommend

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