The famous lawyer Asma Jahangir is no more with us. She died of cardiac arrest at age of 66. She breathed her last in a Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore.
Today Pakistan has lost one of its best lawyers, human activist and democracy supporter. She always stood up in support of women empowerment and extremism. Moreover, Asma was the only renowned women who spoke against the dictators. She stood against the dictators as a firm wall. No dictator succeeded in breaking that wall. In addition, she became a professional lawyer and made her mark in a male dominant society of Pakistan. It was very difficult to defeat this iron lady on arguments.
Political and Social personalities expressed grief on this loss
Asma Jehangir’s death is a loss of a strong voice for the marginalised and oppressed. Despite our differences I always respected her for her fight for human rights and for standing up for her convictions.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 11, 2018
Heartbroken that we lost Asma Jahangir – a saviour of democracy and human rights.
I met her a week ago in Oxford. I cannot believe she is no more among us. The best tribute to her is to continue her fight for human rights and democracy. pic.twitter.com/Tf7VOYfvq5
— Malala (@Malala) February 11, 2018
.@asma_jahangir What a brave woman.Pakistan poorer without her.People like Asma are anchors of a society.The brave and dedicated daughter of a brave father.After 3 generations of camaraderie between our families,this is a deep personal loss.God bless her soul
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) February 11, 2018
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) February 11, 2018
Today it’s not only Pakistan who will cry. The entire South Asia shall mourn #AsmaJahangir. This is a loss of not only Pakistan. She shook up the conscience of the world.
— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) February 11, 2018
Triumph of Asma Jahangir
However, she got her bachelor’s degree from Kinnaird College Lahore. After her bachelors, she joined the prestigious University of Punjab in Lahore got her LLB degree in 1978. Furthermore, she also held a position of Vice Chairperson of Defence for Children International until 1988. Meanwhile, In 1993 she became Secretary General of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and after that promoted as its Chairperson. She also holds the record of first female President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Asma Jahangir also served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur.
Human Rights Activist
On the other Hand, Asma was a born activist and participated in protests even at a small age. Asma’s father was a civil servant. Military dictator house arrested her for standing against. Secondly, In 1980’s she protested in the movement against the dictatorship of Zia-ul-Haq and was sent to jail. Later she also stood up in support of democracy when Chief of Army Staff General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf imposed martial law. She fought and stood firm for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Apart from that, she was also in the front row during the lawyer’s movement in Pakistan when President Musharraf fired the sitting Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhary.
Ultimately, Asma’s loss is too huge that it can never be filled. Pakistan may never be able to see the powerful and strong lady as Asma who broke all the barrier came forward to for the rule of law.
REST IN PEACE MRS ASMA JAHANGIR
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