Asma Jahangir: Her life in pictures

Asma Jahangir dies at 66: Pakistan human rights activist fought for persecuted minorities, opposed military regime

Senior lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir passes away

Leading human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir bade a sad farewell to the nation on Sunday.

"Asma suffered heart attack today morning and she was rushed to Hameed Latif Hospital Lahore where she breathed her last".

She completed her schooling Convent of Jesus and Mary Lahore and finished her bachelor degree from Kinnaird College Lahore. In 1987 she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and became its Secretary General until 1993 when she was elevated as the commission's chairperson, reports The News International. She was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980 and to the Supreme Court in 1982 and later went on to become the first woman to serve as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

She was on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential women.

Jahangir, 66, remained the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Supreme Court Bar Association.

According to media reports, she was also suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years.

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Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, former premier Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shehbaz Sharif, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan and others expressed sorrow over Asma Jahangir's demise.

Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of the former premier, said: "Democracy, human rights and resistance against oppression lost a great soldier- Asma Jehangir".

Asma is survived by two daughters and a son.

She was also active in the 2007 Lawyers' Movement, for which she was put under house arrest. She was critical of the Supreme Court for "judicial activism" and also criticised the apex court for disqualifying Nawaz Sharif from the office of prime minister in July past year. He admired her struggle for the rule of law and stability of democracy in the country.

Jahangir is also a recipient of the 2010 Freedom Award and 2014 Right Livelihood Award.

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