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‘Your Indomitable Spirit Is Missed More Than Ever’: Pakistanis Observe Asma Jahangir’s First Death Anniversary

On this day last year, lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away due to a cardiac arrest. Her sudden death left the country in utter shock.

Jahangir was born in Lahore in January 1952. She did her bachelor’s from Kinnaird College and then went on to pursue LLB at Punjab University.

She became the first woman in history of the country to serve as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

Asma was also among the leading figures in the pro-democracy movement during General Zia-Ul-Haq’s rule and was active during Lahore Lawyer’s movement for which she was put under house arrest.

A staunch human rights activist, Asma co-founded the Human Rights Commission Pakistan (HRCP) and served her entire life working for humanity and human rights.

An event was held by the Special Task Force of HRCP today to pay homage to Asma. The event was graced by Yousif Leghari, Professor Arfana Mallah, Ammar Sindhu who paid their tributes and shared stories of courage of Asma Jahangir.

Social Media Also Paid Tributes To Pakistan’s Iron Lady 

‘Your indomitable spirit is missed more than ever, Asma apa’: Activist Ammar Rashid

‘One of very few voices who courageously spoke against human rights violations and religious extremism in Pakistan’: User Tayyab Chaudhry

‘People all over Pakistan miss Asma Jahangir in their struggle against the dark forces of oppression and authoritarianism’: Politician Afrasiab Khattak

‘Even some of those people are honoring Asma Jahangir who stand indifferent to or against all that she stood for. No harm in that, and speaks volumes of her stature, but it’s quite ironic at the same time’: Journalist Imran Khan

‘Asma Jahangir was a force to be reckoned with. No words can truly do her any justice; her actions,her resilience and determination provided the marginalized and the voiceless with hope’: Journalist Shafqat Ali Qureshi

‘You gave strength to so many people including me. Despite being a women you were a voice for hundreds of men. You were an inspiration for me’: User Fareeha Akbar

Asma passed away on February 11 in 2018 due to a cardiac arrest. She was 66.

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