ASIA/PAKISTAN - Sufi singer killed: pain and condemnation of the \Bishops

Friday, 24 June 2016 violence   terrorism   islam   blasphemy  


Karachi (Agenzia Fides) - "Deep sorrow and condemnation for yet another murder that has shaken the nation": in a statement sent to Fides, the "Justice and Peace" Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan, said it is "deeply saddened" by the assassination on June 22. Amjad Sabri, a famous Muslim singer, exponent of qawwali, a musical style which derives from the Islamic school of Sufism was killed in Karachi. The man was hit by the gunshots fired at his car by two gunmen while he was on his way to record a program.
The murder was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban who accused the musician of being blasphemous. Sabri was very well known outside the borders of the country, for his voice and for the message of peace.
The President of the "Justice and Peace" Commission, Fr. Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, and the Executive Director, Cecil Chaudhry, in a joint statement, express solidarity and recall "the extraordinary contribution of Sabri for the art of Qawwali and Sufism".
The Commission highlights that "music can allow to overcome barriers, creating peace in society" and praises "Sabri’s efforts to promote peace through his music".
"We need to stay united against the forces that intend to damage the nation", says the note from the Commission, urging the Pakistan government "to take concrete steps to bring the perpetrators to justice". Bishop Joseph Arshad, "prays for the family, asking God to grant the strength to overcome this irreparable loss". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 24/06/2016)