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Condolences pour in following demise of Asma Jahangir

11 February 2018, 01:49 | Taylor George

Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking

Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jehangir speaks to The Associated Press in Lahore Pakistan. Jahangir died of a heart attack in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday Feb. 11 2018. She was 66. (AP Phot

The senior lawyer suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she died. She was 66 year old and was first woman to serve as the president of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association.

She was on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential women. She joined the Lahore High Court in 1980 and the Supreme Court in 1982.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, former premier Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan and others expressed sorrow over Asma Jahangir's demise.

She was also awarded a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Legion d'honneur by France.

"Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier- Asma Jehangir".

"Asma Jahangir was the bravest human being I ever knew. It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!"

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She is survived by two daughters and a son.

She got her LLB degree from University of Punjab in 1978.

Jahangir, a Ramon Magsaysay award recipient, fought against the military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq and was imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the pro-democracy movement. Her daughter Muneezay is a TV anchor. She remained there until 1988 before moving back to Pakistan. She was most unwanted person by establishment of Pakistan during all marial Laws but she never compromised or bowed down against dictatorial rules.

She was awarded with numerous prestigious awards nationally and internationally, which include Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 1995.

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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