Condolences pour in for Asma Jehangir on Twitter

Condolences pour in for Asma Jehangir on Twitter

Condolences pour in for Asma Jehangir on Twitter

Pakistan's well known human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir died here today of cardiac arrest.

Jehangir also served as president of the Supreme Court's Bar Association and was a United Nations rapporteur on human rights and extrajudicial killings.

She was critical of the Supreme Court for "judicial activism" and also criticised the apex court for disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from the office of prime minister in July a year ago.

According to initial reports, Jahangir was shifted to a hospital after she complained of chest pain where she breathed her last.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif spoke about Asma's work for women and stance against dictators, saying it would be hard to fill the void left by her death.

In a condolence message, President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over Asma's death, saying she rendered "unprecedented" services for the rule of law. "But she was a titan".

A fiery critic of the military in a country that has been under one dictatorship or another for nearly half of its existence, Jahangir often found herself in trouble with the institution and its supporters.

She received several awards, including a Hilal-i-Imtiaz and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2010.

One widely shared tweet came from Malala Yousafzai, 20, the Pakistani activist for girls' education who was almost assassinated by Taliban militants as a teenager.

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She was a wise and courageous warrior of human rights who included in her report the complaints of families regarding the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran.

There is still bad violence against women, discrimination against minorities and near-slavery for bonded labourers, Jahangir told AFP during an interview in 2014, but human rights have made greater strides in Pakistan than may be apparent.

NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi have condoled the sad demise of prominent lawyer and renowned human rights icon Asma Jahangir. "Then prisoners' rights became an issue", she said.

A champion of human rights, Jehangir was unafraid to speak loudly against those attacking minority religions and women.

Director Mahesh Bhatt called Asma "an extraordinary woman who fought for ordinary people".

Jahangir secured a number of victories during her life, from winning freedom for bonded labourers from their "owners" through pioneering litigation, to a landmark court case that allowed women to marry of their own volition.

A decade later, long after democratic rule was restored, she was still denouncing the power of Pakistan's military and intelligence establishments and the façade of civilian control.

Pakistan's former foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, tweeted, "There' s no one who can match her bravery and courage".

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