QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Mourners attended the funeral Friday of a Pakistani feminine discipline hockey participant who died in a migrant boat crash off Italy’s coast final month, sending a wave of shock and grief by way of this impoverished Islamic nation.
The boat carrying the athlete, Shahiza Raza, and 170 others set sail from the Turkish port of Izmir final month. Aboard have been individuals from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and different nations who have been in search of a greater high quality of life in Europe. It broke aside in tough waters off Calabria, killing Raza and not less than 66 others.
Raza’s funeral and burial happened in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, a day after her physique was repatriated from Italy with assist from the nation’s Overseas Ministry.
Raza’s household mentioned the athlete tried to to migrate to Europe to discover a good job and earn cash for the remedy of her disabled son, 3, so he might stay a standard life. The boy, who was not on the boat, suffered mind harm as a child and can also be paralyzed on one facet of his physique. He remained in Pakistan.
Pictures of Raza donning the nation’s nationwide colours and sporting accolades have appeared on tv and social media. However most individuals got here to know of her after her demise, as ladies’s sports activities should not broadly televised in Pakistan.