5 causes Asma Jahangir championed over an illustrious career

Asma Jahangir

We shall B announcing date of funeral soon.

There is still bad violence against women, discrimination against minorities and near-slavery for bonded labourers, Jahangir told AFP during an interview in 2014, but human rights have made greater strides in Pakistan than may be apparent. She remained house arrest in 2007 for 9- days including other lawyers' movement leadership. "I disagreed with many of her political positions but respected the fact that she clearly stood up for what she believed in".

As the news of her death broke condolences started pouring in from the lawyers, rights activists and politicians terming it a "great loss" for Pakistan. She defended minority Christians charged with blasphemy, an offense that under Pakistan's controversial law carries the death penalty.

PTI leader Asad Umar said: "Sorry to hear about asma jahangir passing away".

Jahangir was born in Lahore in January 1952. I can not believe she is no more among us.

Different people called her different things: a fighter who spoke truth to power, a traitor, a champion of human rights, anti-Pakistan, a national icon, anti-Islam, a voice for the voice-less. She also served as a United Nations special rapporteur on human rights. Her daughter Muneezay Jahangir is a journalist and TV anchorperson.

"It is a tribute to a large number of Pakistanis who have worked relentlessly for better human rights in the country", she said.

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.

Over her illustrious career, Jahangir used her considerable clout in the highest echelons of Pakistan's legal community to push causes that were closest to her heart.

She received a Bachelors' degree from Kinnaird and and an LLB from Punjab University. In 2012 she claimed her life was in danger from the feared Inter Services Intelligence spy agency.

In 1993, an 11-year-old Christian boy, Salamat Masih, and his uncles, Manzoor Masih and Rehmat Masih, were accused of writing blasphemous words on the wall of a mosque in a small town near Lahore.

A fierce defender of democracy, Jahangir was an outspoken critic of Pakistan's powerful military establishment and Islamic extremists. Make a donation and help pay for our journalism.