Feb. 11 (UPI) — Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir died at the age of 66 on Sunday.
Jahangir, who was one of the most vocal critics of the Pakistani military services routine and an advocate of rights for girls and minorities, died right after enduring cardiac arrest in the japanese town of Lahore.
“She was always on the front line for progressive voices, even when democracy was beneath danger,” Sherry Rehman, an opposition senator in Pakistan’s Parliament informed Al Jazeera. “We are all reeling from shock, the world human rights neighborhood is bereft — one of Pakistan’s brightest faces is long gone.”
Through her lawful vocation, Jahangir centered on spiritual- and gender-based discrimination cases and fought for fairer work problems for brick kiln workers in Pakistan.
She also was elected as the fist woman to provide as president of the Supreme Court Bar Affiliation of Pakistan and held numerous positions as a U.N. Special Rapporteur and the chairperson of the Human Legal rights Fee of Pakistan.
Jahangir confronted death threats for her criticism of Pakistan’s military services, intelligence and armed teams, which includes a plot by the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
She was jailed in 1983 for getting aspect in a motion advocating for basic human rights through the military services routine and arrested in 2007 by the federal government of then military services ruler Pervez Musharraf.
“Pakistan mourns for dropping one of its bravest daughters who fought for human rights. She will be remembered during the journey towards much better girls rights in Pakistan,” Punjab Main Minister Shehbaz Sharif reported.
Salman Sufi, director-common of Strategic Reforms Device of the Punjab Government, hailed Jahangir for her “undeniably important” position in creating the Punjab Women of all ages Protection Authority which established up centers to shield girls from violence.
“Pakistan has lost its fiercest leader,” Sufi reported.