Asma Jahangir laid to rest in Lahore


Asma Jahangir, a prominent lawyer and human rights activist passed away on the 11th of February.

Dr. Asma Jahangir is now the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

People of all religion, cast, and creed were seen at her funeral - women and men standing together in the front row - and Pakistanis objected to that over social media.

"The recipient of many awards including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, she will continue as an emblem of the struggle for human rights and democracy in Pakistan", the news release stated. It saddens us to see how a funeral - be it anyone's can be targeted this way. "She would always boost my confidence and her support was the reason why young women lawyers got equal opportunities as their male counterparts", she told Daily Times with teary eyes. Traffic and parking plans were prepared to ensure that there was no inconvenience to the funeral congregation or general public.

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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 was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980 and to the Supreme Court in 1982.

Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor fondly remembered the Pakistani human rights activist from his United Nations days and hoped her principles and courage lived on.

She was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD). She was again put under house arrest in November 2007 after the imposition of martial law.