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Leading Pakistani lawyer and activist Asma Jahangir passes away

LAHORE: A leading Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir has passed away, according to local media reports. She was  66.

 Known for her persistence on advocating for issues including women’s rights and discrimination against minorities, Jahangir was the first woman to serve as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Critical of Pakistan’s military, intelligence, and armed groups, she braved death threats, imprisonment, and beatings as she pushed for human rights cases.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar paid rich tributes to the rights icon. In a statement, the CJP expressed deep sorrow and pain on her sad demise.

President of Pakistan, politicians, lawyers, and journalists have expressed grief over the death of Asma Jahangir.

People took to social media to express shock over the sudden demise of the outspoken lawyer.