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As crude as it may sound, an artist being shot in cold blood does not amount to the end of an art form. The real threat to art comes not from the violence that claimed Amjad's life but from the ideological attitudes to art that have gradually become more prominent in our social consciousness.
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Amjad Sabri's untimely and unfortunate death was a shock for all of us, and the pain and sadness will take time to go away. Pakistan, of course, is no stranger to such murders. And if we take a step back, the qawwali singer's killing is part of a larger pattern.
When I phoned Sabri, he refused, unlike other artistes, to accept any money for the job of singing the Pakistan national anthem. When I asked him to at least quote a price in case we managed to get a sponsor, he snapped, "Abey bhenchod, apnay mulk ka 'Qaumi Taranah' gaanay ke paisay loon? Tum jisko marzi becho, main nahin lunga paisay(Look, sisterfucker, you think I'll take money to sing my own national anthem? I don't care what you sell, I won't take money). "
Renowned Pakistani qawwali singer Amjad Sabri died at the age of 45 after his car was attacked and shot at in Karachi on the afternoon of 22 June . The artist's untimely death has led to an outpouring...
Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan's finest Qawwals and known for his soul-stirring renditions of mystic poetry, was on Wednesday killed by unidentified gunmen who shot him in the head in a targeted attack...