Pak activist Asma Jahangir dies of cardiac arrest

Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking

Asma Jilani was born in Lahore on January 27, 1952, the daughter of a Pakistani legislator from an upper-class family.

She had also criticised Pakistan government for demonstrating a "disproportionately high passion" against the execution of two top war criminals in Bangladesh in November, 2015.

She remained in office at the Human Rights Commission till 2011, serving in as its secretary general and later as chairperson.

Outside of Pakistan, Jahangir served as UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

In the early '80s, she was imprisoned for partaking in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy during the military regime of Zia ul Haq.

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of the former premier, said: "Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier- Asma Jehangir".

The pro-democracy activist championed women's rights throughout her career. She was also the United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights.

Nandita said Asma's death was a massive loss to the neighbouring country.

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. 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.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar along with other politicians, lawyers and journalists have expressed grief over Jahangir's death.

Raza Ahmad Rumi of the Pakistan Daily Times called her a hero.

In 2007, she was placed under house arrest for participating in a movement to restore judges removed by then military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Asma Jahangir was shifted to hospital after she felt pain in heart but could not survive the cardiac arrest.

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

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. She struggled and spent her life for the Human rights issues of the oppressed people in Pakistan.

Asma Jahangir won many national as well as worldwide awards including Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 1995, Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010, and various others.



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