Asma Jahangir, an iconic lady, Pakistani lawyer and Human Rights Activist passed away on February 11 2018. She was 66 and died of heart attack. For four decades she led the way in the struggle for human rights, especially of women, children and religious minorities. She was a lady with a courageous heart, an indomitable will and an unflagging social conscience.
Who is Asma Jahangir?
* Asma was arrested and imprisoned many times under Pakistani military rulers.
* She was one of the those leaders of the Women’s Action Forum which confronted General Zia-ul Haq’s Hudood Ordinance because it discriminated against women and religious minorities.
* Asma Jahangir was also one of the founders of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
* She fought tirelessly for everyone and a fierce voice for the disenfranchised, for religious minorities, women, helpless people.
* Thousands of women joined Asma Jahangir’s funeral defying the tradition that bars Pakistani women from attending funerals.
* Asma Jahangir also became the first woman to serve as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.
* She served as the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution and as the UNs Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Why do most Pakistanis hate the Iron lady Late Asma Jahangir?
* She was imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq. Then after four years, Asma co-founded the Human Rights Commision of Pakistan and served as its Secretary General until 1993.
* She was the main face of 2007 Lawyers’ Movement and for this she was put under house arrest.
* Throughout her life, she spoke against military dictators and abusers of law.
* Even General Musharraf expressed his hate for Asma for raising her voice against missing persons often picked up by the intelligence agencies and never produced before the courts.
* She won many national and international awards for her struggle for the oppressed, helpless and people without voice. Her awards include UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France, 2014 Right Livelihood Award and the 2010 Freedom Award.
Watch Video: Asma Jahangir exposes Pak Army Generals.
No doubt, Without Asma Jahangir, Pakistan is poorer. We Will Miss You Asma Jahangir!