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Pakistan's Human Rights Champion Asma Jahangir Dies

Pakistan's Human Rights Champion Asma Jahangir Dies

She was fully a woman in her courage and steadfastedness. As a daughter, mother and legal expert, she had left irremovable imprints on the judicial and political history of Pakistan, he remarked. Pakistan has lost its most fearless crusader and the human rights movement its tallest leader.

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.

Asma Jahangir was elected as SCBA president on October 27, 2010.

"Deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Asma Jahangir. We R waiting 4 our relatives 2 return 2 Lahore", she said in a tweet.

Pakistan People's Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed grief over death of eminent lawyer, rights activists and a highly pro-democracy dedicated fighter Ms. Asma Jahangir.

"An extraordinary woman who fought for ordinary people. Thank you for touching our lives", he added.

Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana Sunday expressed condolence over the death of famous lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir. "Pakistan is poorer today". They shall live on through their work, always. "#RestinPeace #AsmaJahangir", wrote another user on Twitter.

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"Shocking to hear about the passing of this courageous woman". 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.

The lawyer and co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister.

She is survived by two daughters and a son.

Salman Akram Raja, a prominent Pakistani lawyer, tweeted that she was the bravest human being he ever knew and that the world was "less" without her.

"She was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last". May she rest in eternal peace.

Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights - as well as for remaining undaunted in the face of extreme pressure and opposition - Jahangir will be remembered as a champion for the disenfranchised and for her services towards building a democratic and more inclusive Pakistan, Dawn News reported.

She has constantly raised the issue of "missing persons" in Pakistan and calling for grilling of intelligence agencies.


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