Bollywood mourns death of Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir

Bollywood mourns death of Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir

Bollywood mourns death of Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir

Pakistan lost one of the greatest and most respected human rights icon as Asma Jahangir died on Sunday. She was admitted to a private hospital last night over cardiac problem, where she breathed her last.

The lawyers throughout the country will also not appear in courts on Monday for attending her funeral and to hold condolence meetings in their respective bar associations.

A fierce defender of democracy, Jahangir was an outspoken critic of Pakistan's powerful military establishment and Islamic extremists.

Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana Sunday expressed condolence over the death of famous lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir.

66-year old Asma Jahangir was born on January 27, 1952 in Lahore in the house of Malik Ghulam Jillani who is also remembered as one of the most honest and fearless politicians of Pakistan.

Jahangir had participated in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy and protested against former Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq's oppressive military rule.

There is still awful 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.

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In an interview with DW following her win, Jagangir described the Swedish award as recognition of all rights activists in Pakistan who work under very hard circumstances.

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.

Jahangir was exposed to politics and activism at an early age.

"When they were putting me in the police van, they assured that my photograph was taken while my back was bare", Ms. Jehangir said.

She was also the founding member of Women's Action Forum, Pakistan. 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. "It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!" she said. In a lecture at Oxford University in 2017, she charged that "the military controls the country through the deep state", while "the politicians are playing at democracy, hanging onto the cliff with their claws".

She was born in Lahore in politically active family in 1952.

"'Speaking truth to power' a phrase, we often use".

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