Thousands attend Sabri funeral amid tears

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DG Rangers reviews situation

Salahuddin Haider

Karachi—A record crowd, second biggest witnessed after the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan, turned out at the funeral prayers of world-renowned artiste for recitals of sufi music, Amjad Sabri Qawwal, who was gunned down in Karachi Wednesday, and laid to rest at Paposhnagar graveyard Thursday afternoon.
The funeral prayer was led by Maulana Dewan Ahmad Masood of Dargah Pakpattan Shareef who had flown to Karachi specially for the purpose. The prayer was held at at Liaquatabad on the “B” Road, where police, rangers, volunteers guided the traffic, and looked after security arrangements
It was a mammoth turn out, unseen in recent history of Karachi. The crowd spilled onto the main thoroughfares, and nearby streets where people jostled in a bid to pay their last respects to a great artiste, who was buried alongside his father Ghulam Fareed Sabri Qawwal.
His body was moved from the mortuary to his house in Liaquatabad, where “ghusl” was given to it before being moved to the main road.
Earlier plans to have the prayers after Zohar in mosque nearby, was given up because of the presence of large number of people. Mourners wept and sobbed, praying to Almighty for his soul to rest in peace. Rangers were in huge force at the graveyard. Everything went off well, officials said.
As is customary, after the coffin was carried by people for 40 yards on shoulders, it was placed later in an ambulance, but the crowd was so huge that the vehicle could move only at snail’s pace. Mourners surrounding it covered the entire distance walking. Soyem will be held at Masjid Furqania in Liaquatabad Friday afternoon. DG Rangers chaired a meeting to review the situation in Karachi in views of growing wave of terrorism in the city.

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