Human rights activist Asma Jahangir dies at 66

Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking

Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking

(Web Desk) - Following the death of Pakistan s renowned lawyer Asma Jahangir in Lahore on Sunday, condolences poured in as people took to the social networking website Twitter to mourn over the loss of the country s most vocal human rights champion.

Born in Lahore in 1952, Jahangir is the daughter of Pakistani politician and former West Pakistan Awami League Vice President Malik Ghulam Jilani. Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chaiperson Asif Ali Zardari expressed shock over the lawyer's demise, saying she was not just a person but was an effective voice for human rights.

Jahangir, 66, remained the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Supreme Court Bar Association. "These battles have won her admirers and enemies in great number", a 2013 Firstpost report noted.

She joined core of lawyers of Supreme Court in 1982 and since then she devoted her life for human rights and supremacy of Constitution. "It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!". "Asma Jahangir was an icon of our times - fearless defender of human rights". Her daughter Muneezay Jehangir is a TV anchor.

She received a Bachelors' degree from Kinnaird and and an LLB from Punjab University.


The democracy activist was jailed in 1983 for her participation in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy during the regime of military dictator Ziaul Haque. She remained HRCP Chairman from 1987 to 2011.

Jahangir was also active in the 2007 Lawyers' Movement, for which she was put under house arrest.

She received the 2014 Right Livelihood Award and the 2010 Freedom Award.

She was also been an outspoken critic of the country's powerful military establishment, including during her stint as the first-ever female leader of Pakistan's top bar association.

In 2013, a United States intelligence report claimed that some military officials had planned to kill her during her 2012 India visit.

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