Published: Mon, February 12, 2018

Condolences pour in for Asma Jehangir on Twitter

Condolences pour in for Asma Jehangir on Twitter

She was the first woman president of Pakistan's Supreme Court lawyers association.

Asma Jahangir was elected as SCBA president on October 27, 2010.

We shall be announcing date of funeral soon.

She worked closely with her sister Hina Jilani on many of her endeavours.

She suffered from cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital, where she passed, reports Dawn online citing her family members.

Bar associations across the country have said they would be observing three days of mourning and not partake in court proceedings.

Pakistani actors Mahira Khan and Ali Zafar also took to Twitter to remember the human rights champion.

She refused to leave the country despite the threats, however, and told the British newspaper the Telegraph that she would not follow other activists out of the country. It is an irreparable loss.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of veteran lawyer Asma Jahangir.

"She was and will remain an inspiration". She had served as United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of religion and human rights. At the time, Ms. Jehangir was chairing the independent Pakistan Human Rights Commission. "May her soul rest in peace!", Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said in a tweet.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said: "My dearest friend and leader Asma Jehangir has passed away". I don't care about the opinion of people who are bigoted.

She was branded a traitor to Islam and her homeland, accused of blasphemy, attacked by angry mobs and thrown into prison.

"Shocking to hear about the passing of this fearless woman". Pakistan poorer without her. People like Asma are anchors of a society.

Asma Jahangir is survived by a son and two daughters. Her daughter Muneezay Jahangir is a journalist and TV anchorperson.

She was born on January 1952. She was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980 and to the Pakistan Supreme Court two years later. "A lioness. You don't get to claim her for your own gender".

After her graduation from the prestigious Kinnaird College and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978, she hit the headlines when she enthusiastically jumped into the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) against the Zia ul-Haq dictatorship and was jailed.

In 1986, she moved to Geneva and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International.

Her honesty and sincerity to her cause remains an inspiration for our generation.

Jahangir was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion.

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