Eminent Pakistani lawyer, rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Few Pakistani rights activists have achieved the credibility of JahangirMore

Few Pakistani rights activists have achieved the credibility of JahangirMore

Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma, 66, was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

Another prominent Pakistani lawyer, Salman Akram Raja, tweeted that Ms Jahangir was "the bravest human being I ever knew" and that the world was "less" without her.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi led tributes to Ms Jahangir, saying her death was a great loss for the legal fraternity, and praying for her and her family. "It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!". Jahangir was also the co-chair of South Asians for Human Rights. Her daughter Muneezay Jehangir is a TV anchor.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said, "What a courageous woman.Pakistan poorer without her.People like Asma are anchors of a society.The fearless and dedicated daughter of a fearless father.After 3 generations of camaraderie between our families, this is a deep personal loss.God bless her soul".

After obtaining LLB degree from the Punjab University in 1978, she started her career as an advocate at high and Supreme courts.

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She remained in jail during the dictatorial rule of General Zia-ul Haq in 1983 for raising voice for the democrats.

She won numerous national and worldwide awards for her struggle for the oppressed.

She has received several awards, including a Hilal-i-Imtiaz and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2010.

Jahangir, a fierce defender of democracy who regularly raised concerns about Pakistan's military and intelligence services, was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential women.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, former premier Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan and others expressed sorrow over Asma Jahangir's demise. She could, however, not sustain the cardic arrest and expired.

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