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Malala leads tributes to Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir

Fighting for equality: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) chairwoman, Asma Jahangir, who died at the weekend

By: Rithika Siddhartha

  ONE OF Pakistan’s leading human rights advocates, Asma Jahangir, has died, her family said yesterday (11). She was 66. The lawyer and co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan died of cardiac arrest, according to her sister. “Unfortunately, we have lost her,” Hina Jilani, also a prominent rights activist and lawyer, said. Prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir’s death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights. Jahangir faced death threats, beatings and imprisonment to win landmark human rights cases while standing up to dictators. The United Nations secretary-general paid…

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