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Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Leading human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

Leading human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

The representative of Baloch Republican Party to the UNHRC, Abdul Nawaz Bugti said that Asma Jahangir was a fearless voice of the oppressed people, including the Baloch who stood for their rights and spoke truth to the power. We shall B announcing date of funeral soon. She suffered a cardiac arrest and was admitted in private hospital at Lahore where she breathed her last. She struggled and spent her life for the Human rights issues of the oppressed people in Pakistan.

Asma Jahangir was a very prominent Pakistani social activist espousing the cause of peace between India and Pakistan.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif called Jahangir a staunch supporter of democracy, posting a prayer for the deceased on Twitter.

"Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier - Asma Jehangir. It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!"

Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Ali Ahmad Kurd termed Asma was the "champion" human rights activist.

"I and many others didn't agree with some of her views".

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif spoke about Asma's work for women and stance against dictators, saying it would be hard to fill the void left by her death. I can not believe she is no more among us. "Pakistan is a poorer place without her", said noted Pakistani journalist Raza Rumi.

Jahangir is survived by a son and two daughters. As a daughter, mother and legal expert, she had left irremovable imprints on the judicial and political history of Pakistan, he remarked. She remained the Supreme Court Bar President from 2010 to 2012.

Her early activism was forged as a young woman during the repressive military rule of Gen. Muhammad Zia ul-Haq in the 1980s, when she was arrested and imprisoned for protesting against Zia's harsh "Islamization" policies and curtailment of women's rights.

In 1986, she moved to Geneva and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International.

In his condolence message, the Chairman said that he was deeply shocked on receiving the news about her sudden death as she was not an ordinary person but her entire life was dedicated to people's rights, supremacy of democracy and she lived a life of rights defender.

Salman Akram Raja, a prominent Pakistani lawyer, tweeted that she was the bravest human being he ever knew and that the world was "less" without her.

In 1993, an 11-year-old Christian boy, Salamat Masih, and his uncles, Manzoor Masih and Rehmat Masih, were accused of writing blasphemous words on the wall of a mosque in a small town near Lahore.

Jahangir received several national awards, including the Sitara-I-Imtiaz in 1995. Later, in 1980, Jahangir, her sister Hina Jilani, and Gulrukh founded the first women's law firm of Pakistan.

She was again put under house arrest in November 2007 after the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan.

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