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Prominent Lawyer “Asma Jahangir” passesaway in Lahore

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The human rights icon Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday after suffering a stroke. She was 66 years old.

Jahangir’s funeral are held at 2:30 PM on Tues, Feb 13 outside the gaddafi stadium in Lahore, her family said.

Officials at the private hospital where Asma Jahangir died today she was brought to the hospital unconscious once suffering brain hemorrhage ensuing from a source.

They additional that despite many attempts to bring her blood pressure back to normal, she died in a very state of unconsciousness.

Jahangir’s sister, professional lawyer and human rights activist Hina Jilani, told Geo News that “the way she [Asma] lived, it’s not just the family’s loss however additionally of these UN agency area unit voiceless and whose voices she raised”.

Earlier, her daughter, broadcaster Munizae Jahangir, shared on Twitter that the family is awaiting relatives to come back to Lahore before the funeral is held.



Asma Jahangir (1952-2018)

“Born in Lahore on January 27, 1952, Jahangir completed her bachelors of arts and law from Lahore and then went on to pursue higher legal studies from Switzerland, Canada and US.

Jahangir taught constitutional law at Quaid-e-Azam Law College, Lahore.

She conducted consultancy on judicial reforms in Pakistan and Bangladesh for the Asian Development Bank and World Bank. Jahangir also remained a member of the Commission of Enquiry for Women from 1994-1997.

From 1998-200 Jahangir served as the special rapporteur of the UN Commission on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions and was the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Commission on Human Rights since 2004.

Jahangir was also an executive member at the International Crisis Group and chief economist advisory council member of World Bank since 2001.

She was also the founding member of Women’s Action Forum, Pakistan.

Jahangir also received several awards, including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights in 2010 and an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France in 2014. The Legion of Honour is the highest French award.

At present, she was a partner at AGHS Law Associates and head of its legal aid cell.”