Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday requested Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to consider a state funeral for famed lawyer Asma Jahangir.
In a letter written to the premier, the chief minister asked the federal government to “honour her decades of selfless service to the nation.”
In addition to this, the Sindh government has sought permission to fly the national flag at half-mast during her funeral on Tuesday.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed sorrow over Asma’s demise. The world lost a human rights giant, who was a tireless advocate for inalienable rights of all people and for equality, he said in a statement.
A day of mourning is being observed in Sindh.
Human rights advocate Asma Jahangir died in a hospital on Sunday. She was 66 years old. Her funeral will be held at Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday (tomorrow), to allow relatives from abroad to return home.
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. She is survived by her husband Tahir Jahangir, two daughters, and a son.