Prominent Human Rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

Pakistan’s renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore at the age of 66 on Sunday, said a media report.

The report published in the Dawn newspaper, said that The cause of her death has not been confirmed yet, but multiple reports suggest she passed away from cardiac arrest.

Asma was born in Lahore in January 1952, mentioned the report and added that she had received a Bachelors’ degree from Kinnaird College and an LLB from Punjab University. Asma became the first woman to serve as president of the Pakistan’s Supreme Court Bar Association.

She became a democracy activist and was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, which agitated against military dictator Ziaul Haq’s regime, said the report.

She has also received the country’s highest awards, including a Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010 and a Sitara-i-Imtiaz and was also awarded a UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France, mentioned the report.

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