JNN 06 Oct 2012 Karachi: On 4 October 2012, A trustee of the One of the Oldest Imam Bargah of Karachi Imam Bargah Bara Imam Lea Market ,Qamar Allah Ditta s/o Essa Allah Ditta , 57, was martyred by the terrorist of Lashkar e Jhangvi who have infiltrated the Gangsters of Lyari ,He was found dead on Thursday morning in his car near Baghul Hilal Hospital, according to the Garden police. He was also the trustee of the Shah Najaf Association.
He was found dead on Thursday morning in his car near Baghul Hilal Hospital. “Allahditta left home [in New Rizvia Society] on Wednesday evening and spoke to his family a couple of hours later,” said DSP Muffaqir Adeel. He was in Lyari at around 6:30pm on Wednesday ,
“Later, his family couldn’t contact him as his cell phone had been switched off,” he said. Around 8:30 in the morning, police found his body in the back seat of his personal silver sedan parked on Nishtar Road in Garden bearing No. APH-153. He was hit by two bullets in the head. The police found three spent bullet casings of a 30-bore pistol in the car.”
The terrorists kidnapped Qamar Allah Ditta on Wednesday night and his body was found on Thursday.
“He had been shot twice in the head,” said SHO Shiekh, quoting a postmortem report from the Civil Hospital.
Father of Four, the Martyr was the resident of New Rizvia Society near Safoora Chowk. The deceased had studied music from the United States. He was a younger brother of renowned musician Javed Allah Ditta, the police said.
His funeral prayers was offered at the Imambargah Baraa Imam on Thursday ,led by Allama Abbas Kumaili , and he was laid to rest in Wadi-e-Hussain ,Grave yard .
Though Police had initially stated that the murder was a sectarian attack, they later retracted this statement and tired to attribute to personal enmity under the pressure of the Intelligence Agencies. However, a close relative of Ditta insisted that the murder was sectarian in nature.
“He [Ditta] neither had any friends in Lyari, nor was he murdered because of a personal dispute,” the relative said. “The police is completely digressing the case. I can assure you he had no personal enemies. He was murdered because of his sect,” the relative insisted.
Shah was convinced that it was Ditta’s religious activity that prompted his murder.
Hailing from a family of singers, Qamar Allah Ditta was a well known figure as a music composer, guitarist and director. He was also revered for his charitable work. A prominent name in Pakistan Television Network, Amiad Shah, Ditta’s friend and producer at PTN, remembers him as someone who was “well versed in his craft.” “Ditta gave 30 years of his life to music and was counted among the few whose expert advice was taken whenever a musical program was discussed,” Shah said. Just six months back, Ditta accompanied Tina Sani for a performance abroad. Ditta was busy organising a program on the life of Mehdi Hassan when he met with his tragic death. Ditta was among the few who received musical training from USA and was famous for his solo guitar performances.
Qamar Allahditta’s father, Eesa Allahditta, who was also a musician, encouraged him to pick up the guitar at an early age. His training started at home but he went on to apprentice at Radio Pakistan with Ustad Nathoo Khan saheb, who was a well known sitar player in the 1960s and 1970s. He used to train talent at Radio Pakistan and Allahditta proved to be one of the many gems that he created.
It was from the platform of Radio Pakistan that Qamar Allahditta launched his career as a guitar player and from there he went on to play sessions for a number of legendary musicians such as Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Abida Parveen and Tina Sani to name a few. This led to work in the Pakistani pop industry and collaborations with artists such as Sajjad Ali, Rahim Shah and Fariha Pevez. One of his memorable solos was performed for Rahim Shah’s first and by far the most popular track “Pehlay tau kabhi kabhi gham tha”. He had worked on albums with Gul Bahar Bano and folk singer Reshma. His programme “Diyar-e-Sukhan” received a PTV award.
He had worked with directors such as Nisar Bazmi, Sohail Rana, Niaz Ahmed, Master Abdullah, Lal Muhammad Iqbal, Zafar Ali, Karim Shahabuddin and Feroz Gul. Allahditta was also became part of PTV Karachi’s “Dekha na tha: A Tribute to Alamgir” in which new and seasoned singers presented remixes of the pop icon’s songs. “He deftly rearranged many of Alamgir’s songs, including those sung by Rahim Shah, Ahmad Jahanzeb and Faakhir,” according to PTV producer, Amjad Hussain Shah.
When legendary guitarist Amir Zaki left the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in 2006, Allahditta joined to teach. “Qamar saheb made me realize the importance of playing classical music through guitar,” remarked Ahsan Iqbal Bari, a NAPA graduate who has gone on to make a name in the Karachi music industry. “He was a strict teacher but an equally humble person at the same time. We have all heard of musicians who squabble with each other but unlike them, he was known for resolving matters.”
Another student, Asif Sinan, who considered himself close to him, pointed out that Allahditta did a lot of charity work as well. “He helped pay for the dowries of a lot of young girls,” he said. “In a span of four to five years, he taught us what usually take 10 to 15 years. He was a timeless genius.”
For the last four years, Allahditta had been performing on PTV Home’s music programme “Mehfil-e-Shab” every Monday. Its producer, Amjad Hussain Shah, told The Media , that the last programme of Allahditta’s career will be televised next week. In it, he had worked with Asif Mehdi and Tariq Mehdi, the two sons of the king of ghazals. “He was an expert in Eastern music and then gained expertise in Western music.” He was someone who was active professionally as well as religiously,” he said.
Qamar Allahditta is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter
On the one hand, he was working to expel the drug peddlers from the area of Imam Bargah and on the other he had initiated legal fight against the provincial minister Abdul Haseeb of MQM who had allotted land of Imam Bargah to individuals.
The Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) has demanded that the killers of Ditta be hanged publicly. Asif Safvi, MWM’s media cell incharge, observed that Ditta was ninth Shia to have been killed in Lyari area in the past month. He asked Uzair Baloch of People’s Amn Committee to clarify his position on the targeted murders of Shiites in the areas he claims to dominate. He said that there are reports that as a trustee of Bara Imam Bargah Juna Market Lyari, Qamar Allah Ditta had gone to meet Uzair Baloch to discuss the murders of Shia Muslim and his two sons who were targeted in Paan Mandi area in Lyari. He said that it seems that terrorists had infiltrated the People’s Amn Committee too. As there are couple of Baloch terrorist have already been caught in connection with the murders of Two Lawyers in Malir ,District . One of whom was the even the President of the Malir District Bar Association.