United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Iran Asma Jahangir passes away

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She was admitted to a private hospital last night over cardiac problem, where she breathed her last.

Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari said, "Shocked to hear @Asma_Jahangir passed away".

Nobel prize victor Malala Yousafzai remarked: "Heartbroken that we lost Asma Jahangir - a saviour of democracy and human rights".

In 1987, she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and became its Secretary General until 1993 when she was elevated as its chairperson.

"She has fought against the military dictators and also for the rights of downtrodden individuals".

Moreover, her daughter, broadcast journalist Munizae Jahangir shared on Twitter that the family is awaiting relatives to return to Lahore before the funeral can be held.

She was a huge part of lawyers movement in 2007-08.

She was among the rare personalities participated in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) during Ziaul Haq's dictatorial regime and sent to Jail for her activism in 1983.

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She refused to leave the country despite the threats, however, and told the British newspaper the Telegraph that she would not follow other activists out of the country.

Azmi remembered her friend, whom she deeply respected for her integrity and courage. As a daughter, mother and legal expert, she had left irremovable imprints on the judicial and political history of Pakistan, he remarked.

In recent years, she was outspoken over the misuse of blasphemy laws that carry the death sentence.

Daily Times Editor Raza Ahmad Rumi called her a "hero". She struggled and spent her life for the Human rights issues of the oppressed people in Pakistan.

"I will not leave", she said. In a lecture at Oxford University in 2017, she charged that "the military controls the country through the deep state", while "the politicians are playing at democracy, hanging onto the cliff with their claws".

In the photo above, she is seen addressing a protest rally in 2009 against the public flogging of a veiled woman. Her sister Hina Jilani has rightly said it is a loss for everyone as she took up cases of the voiceless.

He said the death of Asma Jahangir was sad news for the whole nation that had made the country bereft of a bold and principled personality.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said, "What a courageous woman.Pakistan poorer without her.People like Asma are anchors of a society.The fearless and dedicated daughter of a courageous father.After 3 generations of camaraderie between our families, this is a deep personal loss.God bless her soul".

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