Pakistan: People break social and cultural taboos to attend Asma Jahangir’s funeral
The funeral prayers for Asma Jahangir, Pakistan’s human rights icon and staunch critic of the country’s powerful army were offered here today at the Gaddafi Stadium which was attended by thousands of mourners, including women.
Asma, 66, died of cardiac arrest last Sunday in Lahore.
Farooq Haider Maududi, the son of Jamaat-i-Islami founder and prominent Islamic scholar Abul Ala Maududi, led the funeral prayer.
A number of rights activists, lawyers, judges, government officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens were present in the funeral to pay respect to the woman who fought for the rights of people especially women and struggled against the military dictators.
A number of women also attended her funeral prayer, an unusual scene in conservative Pakistan.
The funeral prayers were held under high security at the stadium – a venue for international cricket matches- where police camera drones flew overhead.
She was buried at her family’s farmhouse on Baidian Road.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters and a son.
Born in January 1952 in Lahore, she received a bachelor’s degree from Kinnaird College and an LLB from Punjab University.