Death of Asma Jahangir is shocking

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Prominent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore due to a cardiac arrest

Expressing his grief over the demise of renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Sunday said the incident had silenced a fearless voice for the voiceless, helpless and the oppressed people.

The family told DawnNews that she suffered from cardiac arrest and was shifted to a hospital, where she passed.

To be a successful activist lawyer, she once noted, one must "have an eye for what's hot, the right case, the right bench".

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir's death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights.

As soon as the news of her death broke, #AsmaJahangir started trending on Twitter in Pakistan. "I disagreed with many of her political positions but respected the fact that she clearly stood up for what she believed in".

The lawyers throughout the country will also not appear in courts on Monday for attending her funeral and to hold condolence meetings in their respective bar associations.

Nobel prize victor Malala Yousafzai remarked: "Heartbroken that we lost Asma Jahangir - a saviour of democracy and human rights". She had also appealed to the Supreme Court to order retrial in all cases in which military courts have handed down convictions, including capital punishments.

A decade later, long after democratic rule was restored, she was still denouncing the power of Pakistan's military and intelligence establishments and the façade of civilian control. She also campaigned tirelessly on behalf of religious minorities and children. Legal associations across Pakistan announced three days of mourning.

"There was a time that human rights was not even an issue in this country".

Born on January 27 in 1952, Jehangir had a prominent career both as a lawyer and rights activist.

One widely shared tweet came from Malala Yousafzai, 20, the Pakistani activist for girls' education who was almost assassinated by Taliban militants as a teenager.

Jahangir received several national awards, including the Sitara-I-Imtiaz in 1995.

After obtaining LLB degree from the Punjab University in 1978, she started her career as an advocate at high and Supreme courts. She won scores of global awards.

Her daughter Munizae Jahangir, a journalist, then in boarding school due to abduction threats, remembers "how her schoolfellows asked her the next day if her mother had stolen something".

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