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Eminent Pakistani lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir dead

12 February 2018

Expressing his grief over the demise of renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday said the incident had silenced a courageous voice for the voiceless, helpless and the oppressed people. She was admitted to a private hospital last night over cardiac problem, where she breathed her last.

According to media reports, she was also suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years. He said late Asma Jahangir always challenged the dictatorship, fought against human rights violation and spoke truth without any hesitation.

Jehangir also served as president of the Supreme Court's Bar Association and was a United Nations rapporteur on human rights and extrajudicial killings.

Asma Jahangir had dedicated the whole of her life for justice and supremacy of the law.

She was a huge part of lawyers' movement in 2007-08.

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A champion of human rights, Jehangir was unafraid to speak loudly against those attacking minority religions and women.

"Shocked & deeply saddened to hear of Asma Jehangir's sudden death".

In 1999, she was approached for legal advice by a woman named Saima Sarwar who had fled an abusive husband and sought a divorce that was opposed by her family.

She conducted consultancy on judicial reforms in Pakistan and Bangladesh for the Asian Development Bank and World Bank.

Outside of Pakistan, Jahangir served as UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

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Born on January 27, 1952, into an affluent family in Lahore, Asma Jilani Jahangir studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, receiving her bachelor's degree from Kinnaird College in Lahore.

The rights commission which she helped create made its name defending religious minorities and tackling highly charged blasphemy accusations along with cases of "honour" killings - in which victims, normally women, are murdered by a relative for bringing shame on the family.

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

"Asma Jahangir "YOU'RE MY PRIDE", tweeted someone who went by the name Arya Stark Khan, with a profile picture of Arya Stark of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones".

"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 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".

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After obtaining LLB degree from the Punjab University in 1978, she started her career as an advocate at high and Supreme courts. He said that the death of Asma Jahangir is an irreplaceable loss for democratic forces and those who raise their voices for human rights.

Eminent Pakistani lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir dead