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Asma Jahangir

First Asma Jahangir scholarship awarded to ace Pakistani student

ISLAMABAD: The inaugural Asma Jahangir Scholarship was awarded on Thursday to Sana Gul by the British High Commissioner Thomas Drew. This annual scholarship, which was launched earlier this year, honours the legacy of the late human rights champion Asma Jahangir. Each year the scholarship will be awarded to the top-ranking female applicant in the competitive recruitment process, a press release issued by the British High Commissioner here said. The Chevening scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders to…

Asma Jahangir’s demise a great loss to the world, says US

WASHINGTON: The United States (US) has termed the untimely demise of leading human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir a great loss to the world. In a statement, the US Department of State said America joined Pakistan and others around the world in mourning the untimely death of human rights and democracy advocate Asma Jahangir. For years, it said, she courageously defended the rights of those who did not have a voice, and championed the rule of law, democracy, and human rights including freedom of religion or…

RSF pays tribute to Asma Jahangir on her death

KARACHI: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday paid tribute to human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir on her death for her services to democracy. "RSF is deeply saddened to learn that Asma Jahangir, a Pakistani human rights lawyer who dedicated her life to defending the freedom to inform in Pakistan and then in the entire world, died of a heart attack on February 11 at the age of 66," said a release. Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday from a cardiac arrest at a local hospital in Lahore. RSF said Asma Jahangir…

Funeral prayers for Asma Jahangir offered in Lahore

LAHORE: The funeral rites of leading human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir were performed here on Tuesday. A large number of people from all walks of life, including retired judges and lawyers as well as politicians and bureaucrats, attended the funeral held at the Gaddafi Stadium. Dozens of women also lined up alongside men for the funeral prayers, led by Haider Farooq Maududi. Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday from a cardiac arrest at a local hospital in Lahore. Her untimely demise saddened not only…

Sindh CM seeks state funeral for Asma Jahangir

LAHORE: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Monday requested the federal government in writing for state funeral of Human Rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir, who passed away yesterday. In a letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the provincial chief minister has also requested the national flag to be flown at half-mast on the day of her funeral. Following the arrival of Asma Jahangir’s relatives and daughters in the country, the noted lawyer’s funeral, scheduled to be held at 2:00 pm tomorrow…

Asma Jahangir: End of a valiant human rights fighter

LAHORE: The untimely demise of Asma Jahangir, a valiant human rights champion and lawyer, has saddened people across the country. She was known for her fight against dictatorships, oppressors, and belief in the rule of law and the norms of democratic polity as well as services to abused women and children. Born in Lahore in 1952, Asma was educated in the city. In 1980, she was called to the Lahore High Court, and to the Supreme Court in 1982. She was first arrested in 1983 for partaking in the Movement for the…

KLF ends on a sad note with tributes to Asma Jahangir, Qazi Wajid

KARACHI: Two national icons – valiant human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir and renowned actor Qazi Wajid - bade a sad farewell to the nation on Sunday. The three-day Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) ended on a somber note as speakers at the closing ceremony expressed condolences and paid tributes to the departed souls. Ameena Saiyid, the founder of KLF and managing director of Oxford University Press, condoled the death of Asma Jahangir and Qazi Wajid. She said the country has lost a fearless and a true democrat as…

Nation mourns death of leading human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir

LAHORE: Leading human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir bade a sad farewell to the nation on Sunday. Jahangir, who played an instrumental role in lawyers’ movement for independence of judiciary, died from cardiac arrest today in Punjab’s provincial capital at the age of 66. Her sudden death saddened the entire nation as people from all social strata, including politicians, lawyers, judges, civil rights campaigners, expressed their condolences. In a statement on the official Twitter account of PTI, party chief…

Veteran Human Rights activist, lawyer Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

LAHORE: Veteran Human Rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest at age of 66, ARY News reported. According to initial reports, Jahangir was shifted to a hospital after she complained of chest pain where she breathed her last. The last rites' details have not been made public yet as Jahangir's children are out of the country. The iconic lawyer had served as the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). She…

Leading Human Rights activist, lawyer Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

LAHORE: Veteran Human Rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest at age of 66, ARY News reported. According to initial reports, Jahangir was shifted to a hospital after she complained of chest pain where she breathed her last. The last rites’ details have not been made public yet as Jahangir’s children are out of the country. The iconic lawyer had served as the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). She…