Prominent lawyer and renowned social activist, Asma Jahangir's funeral prayers will be held today in Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium at 3 pm.
Naveed Walter said further that the candle lit by Asma Jahangir will always flourish light for Human Rights and we will always keep this good work up; he add more.
From 1998-2000 Jahangir served as the special rapporteur of the UN Commission on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions and was the special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Commission on Human Rights since 2004. Her victories included litigation to free bonded labourers and a landmark court case that allowed women to marry of their own volition.
"With her passing, humanity has lost a true champion of justice".
Amnesty International also expressed grief over the demise of Pakistan's legendary rights activist. Her chapter was entitled Human Rights Are Women's Rights, because, as she told me: "You can not have human rights in a society if you do not have women's rights".
Salman Sufi, director-general of Strategic Reforms Unit of the Punjab Government, hailed Jahangir for her "undeniably crucial" role in establishing the Punjab Women Protection Authority which set up centers to protect women from violence.
As Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran for the UN Human Rights Council, Jahangir firmly condemned the harassment of journalists in Iran in an October 2017 report. She opposed the military dictators whom many in Pakistan didn't mind. She actively participated in a movement for restoration of political and fundamental rights during the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq for which she was put under house arrest and later imprisoned in 1983.
Her death sparked an outpouring of tributes from global human rights groups and political leaders, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres - who called her a "human rights giant" - and Nobel prize victor Malala Yousafzai.
Asma Jahangir co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
Jahangir also received several awards, including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights in 2010 and an Officier de la Légion d'honneur by France in 2014. Not only because at 66 years she had many miles to go and many causes to serve.
Daughter of Malik Ghulam Jilani, who himself fought military dictatorship all his life not knowing it would become a permanent feature even under democracy, Asma attended Convent of Jesus and Mary in Lahore and got her BA from Kinnaird College in Lahore. The funeral would take place after Sulema's return to Pakistan, the family announced.