Renowned Lawyer, activist Asma Jahangir passes away

LAHORE: Pakistani human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday.

Sources said Asma Jahangir was taken to a private hospital on Ferozepur Road after suffering a cardiac arrest where she passed away.

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.

Asma Jahangir co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She is widely known for playing a prominent role in the Lawyers’ Movement and serves as the trustee at the International Crisis Group.

Born and raised in Lahore, Jahangir studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before receiving her B.A from Kinnaird and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978.

She received several awards, including a Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010 and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz. She was also awarded a UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France.

She received the 2014 Right Livelihood Award and the 2010 Freedom Award.

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