People break social and cultural taboos to attend Asma Jahangir's funeral

USCIRF Mourns Death of Leading Pakistani Human Rights Defender

USCIRF Mourns Death of Leading Pakistani Human Rights Defender

The nation has been left shocked by her death. The celebration of National Womens Day on Tuesday was dedicated to the matchless struggle waged by Jahangir, who, according to women rights activists, was a role model to be followed by coming generations.

Zohra Yousuf, a former chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said she lost a "great friend and great warrior of human rights".

She was also elected as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and as Chairperson of the country's Human Rights Commission.

Repeatedly detained, assaulted and threatened with death, she never stopped combatting Pakistan's dictators, military and intelligence agencies with courage and determination, including as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan from 2010 to 2012, it added. Confident that significant sections of Pakistan's society do not support cross-border terrorism, she advocated for intensified economic, cultural and sporting ties between the two countries to neutralize the militarization of the mindsets fomented by the ruling classes.

The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff, nor are they paid for their work. We have known her as a champion of democracy and human rights, defending the rights of women and speaking out courageously against authoritarian systems, in her own country as well as in the rest of South Asia.

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Another English language daily, The News wrote that she 'spoke out bravely and with huge courage for all the oppressed people of the country, essentially acting as the conscience of Pakistan.

A fierce defender of democracy, Jahangir was a critic of Pakistan's powerful military establishment and Islamic extremists.

Her attempt in 2005 to hold a mixed gender marathon in Lahore to highlight violence against women resulted in attacks by conservative Islamist groups in which the police were complicit, later confessing that they had been ordered to beat the participants and tear off their clothes. She was sentenced to flogging and three years' imprisonment. "For all of us defenders of human rights in Iran, she was a companion in the struggle for a more just, free and equal Iran". Asma stood shoulder to shoulder with us in our opposition to the draconian cyber crime bill, and having her as an ally lifted our spirits and bolstered our cause. Pakistan has still not digested the fact that HRCP brings out annual surveys of how the state continues to crush its Hindu and Christian minorities - including the Hindus of Tharparkar who travel to Lahore to describe how Hafiz Saeed persuades them to embrace Islam if they want to benefit from his charity. The legal fraternity has expressed grief over sudden demise.

Four years later, in 1999, a gunman burst into Asma Jahangir and her sister's offices in Lahore and shot dead Samia Imran, a victim of domestic abuse, who had come there to seek help in divorcing her husband.

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