Pakistan Human Rights lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir dies of cardiac arrest

Asma Jahangir dies at 66: Pakistan human rights activist fought for persecuted minorities, opposed military regime

Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking

She later went on to become the first woman to serve as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, The Dawn reported.

Born in Lahore in 1952, Jahangir is the daughter of Pakistani politician and former West Pakistan Awami League Vice President Malik Ghulam Jilani.

In a statement on Sunday, PM Abbasi lauded Asma's contributions towards upholding rule of law, democracy and safeguarding human rights. He termed her demise as a great loss for the legal fraternity and has prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and for the courage of the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude. "It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!", Maryan Nawaz, daughter of Nawaz Sharif, tweeted.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said, "What a courageous woman.Pakistan poorer without her.People like Asma are anchors of a society.The fearless and dedicated daughter of a fearless father.After 3 generations of camaraderie between our families, this is a deep personal loss.God bless her soul". She has also been Supreme Court Bar Association president.

Jahangir graduated from Kinnaird College and received an LLB from Punjab University.

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In the 1980s, Jahangir became a democracy activist and was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq. She remained there until 1988 before moving back to Pakistan.

Jahangir was the chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and respected for her outspoken criticism of the country's militant Islamist groups and record as an activist. She was also appointed as UN Rapporteur in the region during the 1990s.

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

Asma was arrested in 2007 by the government of then military dictator Pervez Musharraf, and in 2012 claimed her life was in danger from the country's top spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

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