KARACHI: Investigators have termed the statement of Amjad Sabri’s widow as ‘vital’ to confirm either he received any death threats or not,
Sabri, aged around 45, was travelling by car from his home in the city’s eastern Korangi area to a television studio on Wednesday, when a motorcycle pulled up alongside the vehicle and the attackers opened fire.
Sabri was hit by five bullets and was declared dead at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital while a companion, named as a relative, Saleem Sabri, was in critical condition.
The investigation officers have stated that the case is being probed from different angles and they are very close to the perpetrators.
Detailed statement of Sabri’s wife will be recorded once she starts feeling better, they added.
On the other hand, the authorities have changed an investigation officer in the case. The case has been handed over from Khurshid Ahmed to Mohsin Zaidi.
Police and investigative agencies on Friday reached a major breakthrough in Amjad Sabri’s murder case as 4 suspects have been arrested through geo-fencing after 3 days.
The agencies had raided near the area of New Karachi and arrested 4 suspects who had been shifted to an undisclosed location. Sources revealed that all 4 suspects were arrested after geo-fencing of the area.
Officials of the investigative team stated that interrogation of Sabri’s murder case was heading towards the right direction.
Suspects sighted on CCTV cameras had not been arrested yet, officials added.
Sabri was a “Qawwal”, or singer of “Qawwali”, which is a traditional form of 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 ongoing holy Muslim month of Ramazan.
Karachi, a city of 20 million and Pakistan’s economic hub, is frequently hit by religious, political and ethnic violence.
Paramilitary forces began a sweeping crackdown on militants in the city in 2013, which has led to a substantial drop in overall levels of violence.