Senior lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Marsha Scott
February 12, 2018

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh condoles the demise of leading Pakistan's Human rights icon Asma Jahangir at Lahore today.

She suffered from cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital, where she passed, reports Dawn online citing her family members.

Untimely death of Asma Jahangir, an eminent lawyer and human rights activist, is an irreparable loss for Pakistan, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a condolence message here Sunday.

A decade later, long after democratic rule was restored, she was still denouncing the power of Pakistan's military and intelligence establishments and the fa├žade of civilian control.

In an interview with DW following her win, Jagangir described the Swedish award as recognition of all rights activists in Pakistan who work under very hard circumstances. She was jailed several times during 70s, 80s and 90s.

Jahangir, a Ramon Magsaysay award recipient, fought against the military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq and was imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the pro-democracy movement.

In 2007, the renowned activist was put under house arrest, when she agitated along with lawyers in response to the former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf's decision of unconstitutionally suspending Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as the chief justice of Pakistan's Supreme Court. Later, Jahangir had spoken at a press conference about a conspiracy to murder her and blamed elements of the security establishment. She later went on to become the first woman to serve as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, The Dawn reported.

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Here, she is seen receiving the Right Livelihood Award in Sweden in 2014. May her soul rest in peace.

Soon, she was taking on controversial legal cases that thrust her into the public eye but also involved violence, prison and death threats.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai called her a "saviour of democracy and human rights".

A user tweeted, "Hearing a really bad news about Asma Jahangir Sahiba and praying it isn't true". I met her a week ago in Oxford. Leaders of all political parties paid rich tributes to her. "Doctors tried to save her life but couldn't", said senior lawyer Adeel Raja.

Her family sources have confirmed that her last rites will be performed in Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore at 2pm on February 13.

Asma Jahangir is survived by a son and two daughters.

Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jehangir in June 2017.

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