Sabri’s killing plunges coun­try into grief

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

KILLING of renowned Am­jad Sabri Qawwal, who be­longed to a leg­endary Qawwal family, is yet another mes­sage that the ter­ror­ists are ter­ror­ists and they have no faith, re­li­gion or creed. Tar­get­ing of an artiste who was a source of spir­i­tual in­spi­ra­tion for mil­lions of peo­ple both at home and abroad has, there­fore, un­der­stand­ably sent shock­waves in the length and breadth of the coun­try and his fans in dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the globe.

His killing has uni­ver­sally been con­demned right from the or­di­nary souls to the Prime Min­is­ter and the Pres­i­dent be­cause an icon of the art of Qawwali has been elim­i­nated with­out any rhyme or rea­son, in­flict­ing un­bear­able loss on Sufi mu­sic. It is rightly pointed out that Am­jad Sabri not only saved the dy­ing art of qawwali but helped it with­stand the on­slaught of pop and Western art of mu­sic. He en­thralled au­di­ence not only in Pak­istan but in dif­fer­ent parts of the world and there­fore, helped present much-needed soft im­age of the coun­try. It is not un­der­stand­able as to why some­one would tar­get a per­son­al­ity that had no en­mity with any­one and in­stead spread the mes­sage of peace, love and af­fec­tion. Ini­tial but sketchy re­port speak of a TTP group claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the das­tardly act but things would be­come clear af­ter thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the tragedy. Our law-en­forc­ing and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies are ca­pa­ble enough to trace and bring to book the per­pe­tra­tors of such heinous crimes and we are sure they would do so at the soon­est to send a strong mes­sage that there was no safe place for them in the coun­try. As the in­ci­dent hap­pened just two days af­ter shock­ing kid­nap­ping of son of the Chief Jus­tice of Sindh High Court, nat­u­rally link­ages are be­ing made with the na­ture and suc­cesses of the on-go­ing tar­geted op­er­a­tion in Karachi. It would be un­fair to sur­mise that these in­ci­dents mean fail­ure of the op­er­a­tion when there is marked im­prove­ment in over­all se­cu­rity and law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the mega city. It is hu­manly im­pos­si­ble to en­sure per­sonal se­cu­rity to each and ev­ery cit­i­zen but what the se­cu­rity agen­cies can def­i­nitely do is to nab and elim­i­nate those threat­en­ing lives and peace and this is what is go­ing on in the city. The threat is not over and at­tempts are be­ing made to desta­bi­lize Karachi, which re­quire a more ro­bust ap­proach to root out ter­ror­ists and hard­ened crim­i­nals.

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