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Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Jahangir was the first woman to serve as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

She was born in Lahore in politically active family in 1952.

She was also the first woman president of the Supreme Court Bar Association. The funeral would take place after Salima's return to Pakistan, the family announced. 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.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai described her as a "savior of democracy and human rights".

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.

Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jehangir in June 2017.

"Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier - Asma Jehangir. Ameen", Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif tweeted.

NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the sad demise of prominent lawyer and renowned human rights icon Asma Jahangir.

"I and many others didn't agree with some of her views".

As soon as the news of her death broke, #AsmaJahangir started trending on Twitter in Pakistan. I can not believe she is no more among us.

Over her demise, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar said the entire country paid tribute to Jahangir's services. Her daughter Muneezay is a TV anchor.

She also founded the Pakistan Human Rights Commission, was co-chair of South Asians for Human Right, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or summary executions, and later the United Nations Rapporteur of Freedom of religion or belief.

In 1986, she moved to Geneva and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International. She was a true defender of human rights, democracy and fought till her last breath against authoritarian power, orthodoxy and discrimination.

Another prominent Pakistani lawyer, Salman Akram Raja, tweeted that Ms Jahangir was "the bravest human being I ever knew" and that the world was "less" without her. She was 66-year-old.

Jahangir's pro-democracy struggle as a lawyer and activist had made her a staunch critic of Pakistan's military, intelligence agencies and armed groups.

One high-profile moment came in 2007, when Pakistan's dignified legal community launched a street protest movement to demand an end to military rule under army Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

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