Lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir died on Sunday after suffering cardiac arrest. She was 66. Her funeral will be held at Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday. Born to bureaucrat Malik Ghulam Jilani and Sabiha Jilani in Lahore on January 27, 1952, Jahangir was best known for her pro-democratic and human rights activism.
While she was surely a big name in Pakistan, people across the border also lauded her for speaking up on rights of women and minorities. With her sad demise, many Bollywood celebrities expressed their sentiments on losing Jahangir.
Shabana Azmi said that she was friends with the late activist.
Husband Javed Akhtar was quick to follow suit and said that Jahangir’s loss effects the entire subcontinent.
Film-maker Nandita Das also shared a photo of her and Jahangir.
Mahesh Bhatt also penned his thoughts.
Singer-actor Sophie Choudry also expressed her condolences.
Local personalities were also deeply saddened by her passing away.
Jahangir held a prominent position as a lawyer, and worked especially for the rights of women and minorities in Pakistan. She was appointed the United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran on September 30, 2016 and held the position till her death. The nation is deeply saddened by her loss.
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