Pakistan mourns the loss of top rights advocate Asma Jahangir

Pakistan mourns the loss of top rights advocate Asma Jahangir

Pakistan mourns the loss of top rights advocate Asma Jahangir

Renowned senior lawyer and eminent human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore on Sunday, the DawnNews reported.

She was not only a symbol of bravery and strength for the people of Pakistan but also an inspiration for women across the globe. Besides serving as Bar Association President, Jahangir also served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution and as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Journalist Wajahat Khan said on Twitter that he and many others did not agree with some of her views.

Maryam Nawaz Sharif- said: " Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier- Asma Jehangir.

She was repeatedly threatened by the country's militant religious right, whom she criticized loudly and often.

Jahangir is survived by a son and two daughters.

She was known for taking up court cases of victimised and marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against the military rule of General Ziaul Haq.

Azmi remembered her friend, whom she deeply respected for her integrity and courage. She has constantly raised the issue of "missing persons" and has called for grilling of intelligence agencies. She was the first woman to serve as head of the SCBA.

Nandita said Asma's death was a massive loss to the neighbouring country. Pakistan has lost a passionate champion of human rights and a staunch supporter of democracy.

In 2007, she was placed under house arrest for participating in a movement to restore judges removed by then military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Her family was threatened and her driver was beaten up in 1995 for her daring to defend a 14-year-old Salamat Masih who on the accusation of blasphemy. In 2005, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Zaheer-ud-Din Babar Awan, ex-Minister for Law (Pakistan), tweeted: "What a loss!" She served on several missions for the United Nations and won numerous worldwide awards.

She also pressed for legal reforms to protect the rights of bonded laborers, who often spend years trapped by debt to owners of brick quarries, textile looms or wheat fields, and she lobbied for the enforcement of widely ignored laws against child labor.

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