Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Asma Jahangir's demise a great loss to the world, says US

Asma Jahangir's demise a great loss to the world, says US Asma Jahangir's demise a great loss to the world, says US
Patty Aguilar | 14 February, 2018, 22:30

Leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir was laid to rest in her family's farmhouse on Bedian Road, Lahore Tuesday.

Most recently she served as the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, tirelessly fighting on behalf of the Iranian people as they demanded freedom, dignity, and respect for human rights.

Jahangir was Pakistan's symbol of human rights and resistance and a fierce opponent of military dictators for over five decades. "Her name was Asma Jahangir", she said. "Asma was brilliant, deeply principled, courageous and kind".

Her appeal was not restricted to Pakistan. The Indian press too headlined her passing away, while tributes poured in from India too.

Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday due to cardiac arrest at the age of 66. "It is the loss of the whole Sub continent".

"Organized groups claiming roots in religious ideologies have unleashed an all-pervasive fear of mob violence in many parts of the country", she wrote in her report.

People are both appreciating and criticizing women attending the funeral. "Thank you for touching our lives".

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Born in 1952, studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before receiving her B.A degree from Kinnaird College and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978.

She was a co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Jahangir faced death threats for her criticism of Pakistan's military, intelligence and armed groups, including a plot by the country's Inter-Services Intelligence.

Late Asma Jahangir defended cases of minorities, women and children in prisons.

When the news of Jahangir's death on February 11 began to circulate, politicians from the Pakistani president, Mamnoon Hussein, to leaders of political parties and personalities in the arts heaped praise on her.

Jahangir was arrested in 2007 by the government of then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf and held under house arrest.

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