A few days ago when I landed in Karachi for the first time since Sabeen’s murder, the first thought that struck me was that now this city was without her presence. This drove me into a state of temporary depressed state until I had other things to take care of to offer a distraction.
But I had pictured the scene of gunmen approaching her car and opening fire on her. I wonder how it would have felt. You can only imagine the horror.
Who could imagine, I guess you could, but even expect to bear that the happy-go-lucky, jolly and constantly smiling Amjad Sabri would meet a similar fate. He was killed pretty much in the same fashion as Sabeen on June 22.
The TTP Hakimullah Mehsud group has expected responsibility. Most likely for the same supposedly blasphemous Qawwali that got Shaista Wahidi into trouble for allegedly disrespecting Ali and Fatima. Everyone acting on those calls for violence and considering holy figures more important than human life ought to be ashamed of their morals. Especially blasphemy public inquistors like Mubasher Lucman and the petition filers Shauhada Foundation.
Now, the people are speculating on who murdered Amjad Sabri, whether it is the Taliban or was it a political assassination, or just personal rivalry?
Who cares? At this point in time, so many including myself are in shock and pain.
Perhaps not grief, because it was not someone very close and dear to us. I know some who knew hin somewhat closely and are very heartbroken. But this is all you can think of. The dull pain never goes away, as in the case of Sabeen and so many more who have lost their lives to mindless violence in our cities.
What if the murderer gets caught? Just like the one who killed Sabeen got caught and confessed?
What if we have the satisfaction of having them hanged? Would that bring him back?
I am not sure of anything, but I am sure of this.
For no reason at all, the lives of his family are ruined, especially those of his children.
His widow has already been hospitalized after collapsing of grief. I don’t even want to imagine what she would be going through. What her children would be going through.
They must be wondering what did their father do wrong to deserve this? Especially because they must be religious.
We were never a nation that killed Qawwals. What is the matter with us?
His father Ghulam Fareed Sabri Qawwal performed his masterful Tajdaar-e-Haram in s period fresh with the Islamization from the Zia regime. No threats came to him, despite the Islamization at the time.
Why do these Taliban-like militants on the loose targeting Sufi singers today?
Would Ghulam Fareed Sabri had even the remotest of ideas that his son would be slaughtered in a country that adored and valued his work so much?
For a country that is known for the world for Qawwali, we got to ask ourselves. When did we start hating it?
Does the puritanism of the faith of some have grown more important than messages of peace and love?
Qawwali never hurt anybody.
Every moment of existence is becoming difficult in this suffocating mess.
I do not watch Pakistani TV channels much, but always enjoyed his full of life presence whenever I caught him.
I particularly look forward to his performance in Coke Studio 9.
His voice will always remain with us.
May his soul rest in peace.
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