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Pakistan's Human Rights Activists and Lawyer Asma Jahangir Died at 66

Asma Jahangir dies at 66: Pakistan human rights activist fought for persecuted minorities, opposed military regime Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking
Ellis Copeland | 11 February, 2018, 14:00

She later went on to become the first woman to serve as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, The Dawn reported. We shall B announcing date of funeral soon. "Then prisoners' rights became an issue".

As per Pak media reports Asma was taken to a private hospital on Ferozepur Road after suffering a cardiac arrest where she breathed her last. "Doctors tried to save her life but couldn't", senior lawyer Adeel Raja said. President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar along with other politicians, lawyers and journalists have expressed grief over Jahangir's death.

Asma Jahangir was a longstanding chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. "May her soul rest in peace!", Punjab's provincial chief Shebaz Sharif tweeted. "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. "The vacuum from her death may not be filled", he said. "Asma Jahangir was the bravest human being I ever knew".

She worked closely with her sister Hina Jilani on many of her endeavours.

She is survived by two daughters and a son. Her daughter Muneezay is a TV anchor.

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Born in Lahore in Pakistan on January 27, 1952, she held LLB degree 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 won numerous national and global awards for her struggle for the oppressed. She remained there until 1988 before moving back to Pakistan.

She was also the co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women's Action Forum. She was again put under house arrest in November 2007 after the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan. She was also appointed as UN Rapporteur in the region during the 1990s.

Jahangir received France's highest civilian award in 2014 and Sweden's alternative to the Nobel Prize for her decades of rights work. She could, however, not sustain the cardic arrest and expired.

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