Asma Jahangir laid to rest in Lahore | Pakistan Today

Asma Jahangir laid to rest in Lahore

  • Asma’s Qul to be held today at her residence in Lahore at 3 pm

  • Hundreds including top govt officials attend funeral prayer at Qaddafi Stadium

  • CJP acknowledges her services for protection of human rights

  • Calls Asma “towering, fearless personality”

LAHORE: Prominent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir according to her wishes was laid to rest at her farmhouse on Bedian road here on Tuesday.

Earlier, her funeral prayer led by Farooq Haider Maududi was held at the Qaddafi Stadium. A large number of people from different walks of life including top government officials, celebrities, activists, members of the legal fraternity along with her family members and ordinary citizens attended the funeral prayer.

Prominent of them were Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali, Justice Anwaarul Haq, Justice Faisal Zaman Khan, Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and others.

The funeral prayers – attended by hundreds of men and women – were led by Maulana Haider Farooq Maududi. Her Qul will be held today (Wednesday) at her residence in Lahore at 3 pm, followed by dua at 4 pm.

Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday in Lahore at the age of 66. Her spokesperson said Jahangir was taken to a private hospital on Ferozepur Road after suffering a cardiac arrest, where she breathed her last.

While her sudden demise led to messages of condolences from members of the legal community, politicians as well as media figures pouring in, the Pakistan Bar Council announced three days of mourning following the day of her death.

Acknowledging Jahangir’s services for the protection of human rights, Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday called the activist a “towering and fearless personality”.

Jahangir was born in Lahore in January 1952.

She received a Bachelors’ degree from Kinnaird College and an LLB from Punjab University. She was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980 and to the Supreme Court in 1982 and later went on to become the first woman to serve as president of the 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.

She was also active in the 2007 Lawyers’ Movement, for which she was put under house arrest. She co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women’s Action Forum.

She received Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and a Sitara-e-Imtiaz. She 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.

She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. She worked closely with her sister Hina Jilani on many of her endeavours.

She was known for taking up court cases of victimised and marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations.

An author and a staunch activist for democracy, Jahangir received several accolades for her work on human rights. Jahangir also remained the special rapporteur on human rights for the United Nations.

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