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Posted at: Feb 11, 2018, 4:13 PM; last updated: Feb 12, 2018, 2:00 AM (IST)

Pak human rights activist Asma Jahangir dies at 66

Pak human rights activist Asma Jahangir dies at 66
File photo of Asma Jahangir. ANI
Lahore, February 11

Pakistan’s well known human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir died here on Sunday of cardiac arrest. She was 66.

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“Asma suffered heart attack today morning and she was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last. Doctors tried to save her life but couldn’t,” senior lawyer Adeel Raja said.

She is survived by two daughters and a son. Her daughter Muneezay Jehangir is a TV anchor.

As the news of her death broke, condolences started pouring in from lawyers, rights activists and politicians terming it a “great loss” for Pakistan.

Born in January 1952 in Lahore, Asma co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She had also been Supreme Court Bar Association president.

After obtaining LLB degree from Punjab University in 1978, she started her career as advocate at high and supreme courts. She became a champion democracy activist and was subsequently imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against military dictator Zia-ul-Haq. PTI


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