Asma Jahangir: Her life in pictures

Posted February 12, 2018

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan had become poorer with her demise.

Condolences poured in on Sunday afternoon after the sudden death of leading Pakistan human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir earlier in the day. She spoke out for women abused in the name of honor, defended non-Muslims harassed as infidels, denounced religious extremism and marched for democratic freedoms under dictatorship. Her other daughter, Salima, lives in London.

To be a successful activist lawyer, she once noted, one must "have an eye for what's hot, the right case, the right bench".

Since her youth, she had been fighting on streets against dictatorial rules and abrogation of Constitution by former dictators including Gen Ziaul Haq and Gen Musharraf.

A champion of human rights, Jehangir was unafraid to speak loudly against those attacking minority religions and women. "And then the boot comes".

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In the photo above, she is seen addressing a protest rally in 2009 against the public flogging of a veiled woman. She was jailed several times during 70s, 80s and 90s. In the process, she recounted, security agents began to strip off her clothes. I can not believe she is no more among us. "This was just to humiliate, this was simply just to humiliate me".

She refused to leave the country despite the threats, however, and told the British newspaper the Telegraph that she would not follow other activists out of the country. The ruling was eventually overturned, but at one point Ms. Jehangir was arrested. In 2012 she claimed her life was in danger from the feared Inter Services Intelligence spy agency.

Her family was threatened and her driver was beaten up in 1995 for her daring to defend a 14-year-old Salamat Masih who on the accusation of blasphemy.

As the news of her death broke, condolences started pouring in from lawyers, rights activists and politicians.

Bar associations across the country have said they would be observing three days of mourning and not partake in court proceedings.

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Pakistani activist Muniba Mazari said: "Rest in Power!" In 2005, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Jahangir is hailed as a South Asian feminist icon for her endless efforts towards women's liberation, and the abolishment of misogynistic laws and practices.


Friends and family gather, mourn the death of Asma Jahangir at her Lahore residence after the news of her cardiac arrest was reported Sunday. She later went on to become the first woman to serve as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, writes the Dawn. She served on several missions for the United Nations and won numerous global awards.

Born on January 27, 1952 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.

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