Islamabad (February 13, 2018): The Senate session has begun to give tribute to legendary figure late Asma Jehangir.
Earlier on Monday, the house offered fateha for the departed souls of Senator Haji Saifullah Khan Bangash, former Senator Mir Hazar Khan Bajrani, Asma Jahangir, Qazi Wajid and the security personnel martyred in recent terror attacks.Meanwhile, National Assembly on Monday also passed a resolution recognizing the services of human rights activist Asma Jehangir for democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism.
The resolution moved by Syed Naveed Qamar also acknowledged her brave struggle for oppressed segments of society and against rights abuses.The resolution said that Asma Jehangir defended the rights of voiceless, the poor, the downtrodden and dispossessed and spoke out for the victims of violence and against discrimination on the basis of gender and religion.
Paying tributes to the struggle of Asma Jehangir, the resolution said that being elected representatives, we are committed to protection and upholding of fundamental human rights.
Funeral prayer of Asma Jahangir, a veteran lawyer and human rights activist, will be offered at 2 PM at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore Today.
Former Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir on Sunday passed away at the age of 66 years. According to reports, the veteran lawyer and human rights activist suffered a cardiac attack and could not survive.
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She was a Pakistani human rights lawyer and social activist who co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She is widely known for playing a prominent role in the Lawyers’ Movement
Born and raised in Lahore, Jahangir studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before receiving her B.A from Kinnaird and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978.In 1980, Jahangir was called to the Lahore High Court and to the Supreme Court in 1982. In the 1980s, Jahangir became an democracy activist and was imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, former President Asif Ali Zardari, President Mamnoon Hussain paid tribute to Asma Jahangir and expressed grief.
Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah wrote to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seeking a state funeral for prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir.In his letter to the premier, the chief minister has also requested for the national flag to be flown at half-mast on the day of her funeral.
The Sindh government also announced province-wide mourning on Monday in her memory.
Condolences poured in from all over the country as well as abroad following Jahangir’s demise, as people paid tribute to her services for democracy and efforts in the movement to restore the judiciary.