Eminent Pakistani lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir dead

Eminent Pakistani lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir dead

Eminent Pakistani lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir dead

She was rushed to hospital after falling ill but passed away.

Advertisement Advertisement Jahangir served as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan from 2010 to 2012, and co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in 1987.

Jahangir became a democracy activist and was imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military regime of General Ziaul Haq. "Her spirit will live as long as that voice in our head keeps telling us what is not right, what must not be tolerated, why not to give in or give up".

Jahangir, who played an instrumental role in lawyers' movement for the independence of judiciary, died from cardiac arrest today in Punjab's provincial capital at the age of 66.

More recently she spoke out against BBC Persian journalists being put on trial in Iran, as part of her role as United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

Pakistan Bar Council's Executive Committee Chairman Ghulam Shabbir Shar and Vice Chairman Kamran Murtaza, expressing their deep sense of shock and grief on the very sad demise of Asma Jehangir, have called the members of the legal fraternity to observe mourning on the sad demise of the fearless lady for three days from February 12 to 14.

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She was again put under house arrest in November 2007 after the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan. The Hudood Ordinance" and "Children of a Lesser God: Child Prisoners of Pakistan. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and is now studying at Oxford.

The pro-democracy activist championed women's rights throughout her career.

"I remember meeting her along with party colleagues H S Dhami and Dr Manjinder Singh at Circut House Amritsar on 3rd March 2008 to present memorandum to her on Sikh issues". Her courage to speak truth to power was unprecedented and exemplary.

Asma Jahangir secured a number of victories during her life, from winning freedom for bonded labourers from their "owners" through pioneering litigation, to a landmark court case that allowed women to marry of their own volition. Faced threats and attacks. What disturbed him perhaps was why she always spoke up and appeared utterly unafraid in this world dominated by masculinity's apoplectic id. Police surrounded her office at the human rights commission, arrested her with other activists, and hustled them into vans as a crowd watched. "#QaziWajid #AsmaJahangir", Mahira wrote, also mourning the death of TV and radio artist Qazi Wajid.

"She was courageous and dedicated rights and social activist and above all the voice of the voiceless", said he. "A lioness. You don't get to claim her for your own gender". "We suffered a great loss today", Yousuf said.

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