Renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore on Sunday due to a cardiac arrest.
Jahangir, 66, was a human rights lawyer based in Pakistan and was Pakistan’s first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.
Family sources have confirmed that her last rites will be performed in Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore at 2pm on February 13, as they await the return of Jahangir’s daughter.
Jahangir was known for her activism on women, minority and human rights issues. She was also the United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights.
Jahangir served on various national and international bodies as an expert on law and legal affairs.
Noted rights, democracy activist in focus
Jahangir became a democracy activist and was imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military regime of General Ziaul Haq.
In 1986, she moved to Geneva, and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International and served in the position till 1988 when she moved back to Pakistan. In 1987 she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
In 2007, she was put under house arrest after the imposition of martial law following the lawyers’ movement.
She co-chaired the South Asia Forum for Human Rights and was the vice president of International Federation for Human Rights.
Jahangir has received several awards including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
KARACHI: Condolences pour in from all around Pakistan as the shocking news of Asma Jahangir’s death was confirmed. She was a prominent human rights lawyer and the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of the renowned lawyer.
The PM lauded her immense contributions towards upholding rule of law, democracy and safeguarding human rights. He termed her demise as a great loss for the legal fraternity and has prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and for the courage of the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, other Honourable Judges and Registrar even expressed deep sorrow and grief on the sad demise of the Asma Jahangir.
Honourable Chief Justice and Honourable Judges praised her services rendered for the cause of independence of the judiciary, rule of law and supremacy of Constitution in the country and said that her services will always be remembered in good words in the judicial history of Pakistan.
She was an outspoken and courageous lady, and had risen to prominence by sheer dint of hard work, diligence and commitment to the legal profession.
They prayed to Almighty Allah to shower His blessings upon the departed soul and to give patience to the bereaved family members to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
President Mamnoon Hussain
The president expressed condolences over the demise of the renowned lawyer, Asma Jahangir and recognized her for the supremacy of law and consolidation of democracy.
PPP parliamentarian president, Asif Ali Zardari
Mr. Zardari stated deep grief and sorrow over the passing of the famous lawyer and human rights Activist, Asma Jahangir. He said her death is an irreplaceable loss to the country. He further added Ms. Jahangir was a brave woman who struggled for restoration of democracy and constitution who always confronted dictatorship.
Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza
CEC Raza has expressed deep condolences over the demise of Human Rights activist and renowned lawyer Asma Jahangir. He has termed her death a national tragedy and said Pakistan lost a brave and fearless woman.
Leader of Opposition National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah
The National Assembly Leader expressed condolences as well as offered obituary prayers for the deceased. He said her services for law and human rights will be remembered for a long time.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtuza Jawed Abbasi
Mr. Sadiq and Mr. Abbasi conveyed deep sadness over the sudden demise of the former Supreme Court Bar President and law expert, Asma Jahangir.
Sheema Kirmani paid tribute to the civil rights activist during a session at the ninth Karachi Literature Festival happening in Karachi. She performed a poem by legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has announced three days of mourning.
Vice Chairman Kamran Murtaza and Chairman Executive Committee Mr. Ghulam Shabbir Shar, of PBC expressed their deepest condolences and grief on the demise of Ms. Asma Jahangir, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
They have called the members of the legal fraternity to observe three days of mourning from February 12-14. Lawyers all over Pakistan will not appear in court on these dates.
Veteran journalists and politicians along with media personalities and the general public expressed sadness over her sudden death.