LAHORE: In a shocking news the prominent Human rights and leading lawyer Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday. She was 66 years old.
Her spokesperson said Jahangirwas taken to a private hospital on Ferozepur Road after suffering a cardiac arrest today where she breathed her last.
Jahangir remained the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Supreme Court Bar Association.
She was known for taking up court cases of victimisedand marginalised sections of society, as well as speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against the military rule of General Ziaul Haq.
An author and a staunch activist fordemocracy, Jahangir received several accolades for her work on human rights.
Jahangir also remained the special rapporteur on human rights for the United Nations.
Following the sad news, messages of grief and condolences were shared on social media as well as by prominent officials, including the president and Supreme Court chief justice.
Jahangir was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion.
She was also a partner at AGHS Law Associates and head of its legal aid cell.
Born in 1952, she completed her bachelors of arts and law from Lahore and then went on to pursue higher legal studies from Switzerland, Canada and US.