Asma Jahangir: Her life in pictures

The human rights champion passed away due to cardiac arrest in Lahore at the age of 66.

She has also been an outspoken critic of the Pakistan's powerful military establishment, including during her tenure as the first-ever female leader of Pakistan's top bar association.

"South Asia has lost an ardent advocate of women's rights and democracy by the death of Asma Jahangir. It is the loss of the whole subcontinent", he wrote.

"She was courageous and dedicated rights and social activist and above all the voice of the voiceless", said he.

She was repeatedly threatened by the country's militant religious right, whom she criticized loudly and often.

"Asma Jahangir "YOU'RE MY PRIDE", tweeted someone who went by the name Arya Stark Khan, with a profile picture of Arya Stark of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones".

"Deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Asma Jahangir".

Raza Ahmad Rumi of the Pakistan Daily Times called her a hero.

Director Mahesh Bhatt called Asma "an extraordinary woman who fought for ordinary people". I don't care about the opinion of people who are bigoted. "Thank you for touching our lives", he added.


"What a tragic day for Pakistan today".

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan had become poorer with her demise. They shall live on through their work, always.

As soon as the news of her death broke, #AsmaJahangir started trending on Twitter in Pakistan.

"Shocking to hear about the passing of this fearless woman".

She remained the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced, according to a statement by her daughter Munizae Jahangir, as the family waited for relatives to return to their hometown of Lahore.

Another prominent Pakistani lawyer, Salman Akram Raja, tweeted that Ms Jahangir was "the bravest human being I ever knew" and that the world was "less" without her.

"She was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last". In 2005, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Untimely death of Asma Jahangir, an eminent lawyer and human rights activist, is an irreparable loss for Pakistan, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a condolence message here Sunday.


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