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Pakistan: Senior lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Sunday 11 February 2018, by siawi3

Source: https://nation.com.pk/11-Feb-2018/senior-lawyers-and-social-activist-asma-jahangir-passes-away

Senior lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir passes away

2:08 PM, February 11, 2018

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

She 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.

She remained Supreme Court Bar President from 2010 to 2012. She remained HRCP Chairman from 1987 to 2011.

She was a huge part of lawyers movement in 2007-08. She remained house arrest in 2007 for 9- days including other lawyers’ movement leadership.

She was born in Lahore in politically active family in 1952. She got early education from Convent of Jesus and Marry before completing Graduation from Kinnard College.

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

She was a staunch critic of Zia-ul-Haq’s policies especially regarding implementing religious laws. She took part in several protests during Zia’s regime.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, former President Asif Ali Zardari, President Mamnoon Hussain paid their tribute to Asma Jahangir and expressed grief.

“Asma Jahangir struggled for human rights and democracy,” said Zardari.

Three days ago, she appeared before Supreme Court in determining disqualification of parliamentarians case where she asserted that apex court should not involve itself in political questions.