Senior Lawyer, Social Activist Asma Jahangir Passes Away And Pakistan Mourns


    Senior lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir has passed away due to cardiac arrest. She was 66.

Asma Jahangir was among the senior advocates in Pakistan and she co-founded Human Rights of Commission of Pakistan.
According to media reports, she was also suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years. She was rushed to hospital after falling ill but passed away.
Since her demise, Jahangir’s supporters and former opponents have taken to social media in order to offer condolences.
She was born in Lahore in politically active family in 1952. She got early education from Convent of Jesus and Mary before completing Graduation from Kinnard College, Lahore.  She got her LLB degree from University of Punjab in 1978.
Jahangir received France’s highest civilian award in 2014 and Sweden’s alternative to the Nobel Prize for her decades of rights work.
She remained Supreme Court Bar President from 2010 to 2012.  She remained HRCP Chairman from 1987 to 2011.
For her entire adult life, Asma has been an advocate of gender equality and minority rights in a highly patriarchal society. She is also the Chairperson of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), and the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on Freedom of Religion/Belief.
In a society where women have no bodily autonomy, no reproductive rights, and are used as a tool in dispute settlement mechanisms, Asma has been an advocate for gender equality. Historically she has influenced major social and political issues in Pakistan.
She has been targeted by extremists through fatwas, life threats, and propaganda. Her family has equally suffered in the form of abductions, home invasion and consistent life threats, but she has continued her struggle for justice. 1952 – 2018 Rest In Peace.