Prominent Pak activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Prominent Pak activist Asma Jahangir passes away

I can not believe she is no more among us. If the answer was in the affirmative, she urged the Pakistan government to explain why.

Soon, she was taking on controversial legal cases that thrust her into the public eye but also involved violence, prison and death threats. Now I take pride in the fact that being a traitor means to stand up for a good cause and for the right cause. She gained global acclaim for being the voice of conscience in a country where liberal, secular voices have been continuously under threat. I don't care about the opinion of people who are bigoted.

Pakistan People's Party Parliamentarians Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sudden death of human rights activist and eminent lawyer Asma Jahangir.

Raza Ahmad Rumi of the Pakistan Daily Times called her a hero.

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

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi led the praise of Jahangir's life's work, describing her "immense contributions to the rule of law, democracy and the safeguarding of human rights".

Jahangir was exposed to politics and activism at an early age. In his condolence message, he prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to members of the bereaved family to bear irreparable loss with fortitude. She was hailed as a courageous crusader, awarded dozens of global honors, nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and described as "the gutsiest woman" in Pakistan. She has also been Supreme Court Bar Association president.

She was the first woman president of Pakistan's Supreme Court lawyers association. In 2007, she was put under house arrest by the military regime of Pervez Musharraf, another general, for her active role in Lawyers Movement for the restoration of deposed judges. She was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions and later as the UN Rapporteur of Freedom of Religion or Belief.

The activist and lawyer received several awards, including the French Legion of Honor and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Jahangir also won numerous awards over the years including a UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Légion d'honneur by France.

Here, she is seen receiving the Right Livelihood Award in Sweden in 2014.

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