LAHORE-The funeral prayer (in absentia) of Hakim Ali Zardari, father of President Asif Ali Zardari was offered outside Data Darbar on Wednesday evening. A good number of PPP activists attended the funeral prayer. PPPs Punjab General Secretary, Sami Ullah Khan, former Senior Punjab Minister Mushtaq Ahmad Awan and party workers including Soahil Ahmad Khan, Maani Pehlwaan, Arif Nasim Kashmiri and Badruddin were prominent on the occasion. Earlier, the officials of Auqaf department did not allow the PPP activists to offer the prayer inside Data Darbar Mosque on the plea that according to Sunni school of thought, a funeral prayer in absentia could not be held in a mosque. Meanwhile, around 48 PPP leaders and office bearers including Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa, partys Secretary General Jehangir Badr and Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich left for Nawab Shah on Wednesday by a special PIA flight from Lahore to attend last rituals of Hakim Ali Zardari.