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

Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jehangir speaks to The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2017.

She was the co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women's Action Forum, and actively participated in protests against the establishment.

In the last post on her Twitter account, Jahangir cautioned the Supreme Court from selectively using the contempt of court law.

She was imprisoned in 1983 for agitating against military dictator General Ziaul Haq's regime.

Pakistan People's Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed grief over death of eminent lawyer, rights activists and a highly pro-democracy dedicated fighter Ms. Asma Jahangir.

"Asma Jehangir's death is a loss of a strong voice for the marginalised and oppressed".

Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai said on Twitter she was "heartbroken" at the death of the "savior of democracy and human rights", especially as the pair had just met in Britain a week ago.

According to her sister, Hina Jilani, the funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. her daughter Munizae Jahangir, In a statement by said that the family waited for relatives to return to their hometown of Lahore.

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The prime minister said she had rendered unforgettable services against dictatorship and for democracy and rule of law. The Baloch people have lost a voice and she will forever be remembered.

She conducted consultancy on judicial reforms in Pakistan and Bangladesh for the Asian Development Bank and World Bank.

She took up cases of dozens of missing persons and fought in the courts for their recovery free of cost.

At present, she was a partner at AGHS Law Associates and head of its legal aid cell.

She was also active in the 2007 Lawyers' Movement, for which she was put under house arrest, reported Dawn News. She was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980 and to the Pakistan Supreme Court two years later.

Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana Sunday expressed condolence over the death of famous lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir. "May her soul rest in peace!" She served on several missions for the United Nations and won numerous worldwide awards.

Few Pakistani rights activists have achieved the credibility of Jahangir. "We suffered a great loss today", Yousuf said.

"Asma Jahangir "YOU'RE MY PRIDE", tweeted someone who went by the name Arya Stark Khan, with a profile picture of Arya Stark of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones".

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