Pak HR activist Asma Jahangir dies of cardiac arrest

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Asma Jahangir, Pakistan’s renowned human rights icon died here today of cardiac arrest at the age of 66, her daughter said.
Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.
Asma is survived by two daughters and a son. Her daughter Munizae is a TV anchor.
Born in January 1952 in Lahore, Asma co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She has also been Supreme Court Bar Association president.
After obtaining LLB degree from the Punjab University in 1978, she started her career as an advocate at high and Supreme courts.
Asma became a champion democracy activist and was subsequently imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military rule of Pakistan’s longest-serving President Ziaul Haq.
In 1986, she moved to Geneva and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International. She remained there until 1988 before moving back to Pakistan.
In 1987, she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and became its Secretary General until 1993 when she was elevated as commission’s chairperson.
Asma also played an active role in the famous Lawyers’ Movement to restore Iftikhar Chaudhry as the chief justice of Pakistan.
She has constantly raised the issue of "missing persons" in Pakistan and calling for grilling of intelligence agencies.
She was critical of the Supreme Court for "judicial activism" and also criticised the apex court for disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from the office of prime minister in July last year.
Asma has received several awards including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and  Sitara-e-Imtiaz. PTI

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