Asma Jahangir: Her life in pictures

Eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away due to cardiac arrest on Sunday.

Born in Lahore in Janurary 1952, Jahangir dedicated her distinguished career to defending the rights of women, minorities, and children from religious extremism, honor killings, and blasphemy laws. She was also appointed as United Nations rapporteur in the region during the 1990s.

She was imprisoned in 1983 for agitating against military dictator General Ziaul Haq's regime.

Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jehangir in June 2017.

"Asma Jahangir struggled for human rights and democracy", said Zardari.

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

She is widely known for playing a prominent role in the Lawyers' Movement and served as the trustee at the International Crisis Group. She was one of the few Pakistani who spoke against the state atrocities against the Baloch people and fought for their rights.

Jahangir's supporters and former opponents alike took to social media to offer their condolences and express shock at news of her death.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi led tributes to Asma, saying her death was a great loss for the legal fraternity, and praying for her and her family, the BBC reports. For me, this is what Asma Jahangir was: "she was courageous enough to be angry".

A fierce defender of democracy, she often criticized Pakistan's military and intelligence.

She remained house arrest in 2007 for 9- days including other lawyers' movement leadership.

"I remember meeting her along with party colleagues H S Dhami and Dr Manjinder Singh at Circut House Amritsar on 3rd March 2008 to present memorandum to her on Sikh issues".

The activist and lawyer received several awards, including the French Legion of Honor and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan had become poorer with her demise.

According to her sister, Hina Jilani, the funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. her daughter Munizae Jahangir, In a statement by said that the family waited for relatives to return to their hometown of Lahore. She was also awarded a UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officer de la Légion d'honneur by France. She was fully a woman in her courage and steadfastedness.

  • Rogelio Becker