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Asma Jehangir: Remembered fondly by most but not by all

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Asma Jehangir, a senior lawyer, and a leading human rights activist passed away in Lahore at the age of 66 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday, 11th February 2018. She is survived by a son and two daughters.

The world knew Asma Jehangir as a vociferous activist of human rights from Pakistan. Besides, being a skilled lawyer, Jehangir was a politically mindful figure that intrepidly resisted the unconstitutional coups of military dictators in Pakistan, within her domain.

As a co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, she survived all the obstructions during her various human rights campaigns and movements. Her unmoved determination towards democracy made her stand tall amongst all her critics and supporters alike. She was a figure that garnered the respect of her detractors as well.

Indians too mourned the death of the lady as did people from all around the world.

Notable figures and celebrities from Pakistan, India and the entire world paid tribute to her in their messages of condolence. They admired Asma Jehangir for her courage and hailed her for the struggles she made against coercive practices that undermined the rights of human and particularly of women in the society.

Read more: UN Secretary General pays tribute to Asma Jahangir

Mahira Khan, Armeena Khan, Ali Zafar, Osman Khalid Butt, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Malala Yousafzai and other actors including Shabana Azmi, director Mahesh Bhatt, writer Javed Akhter, Nandita Dad from India extended their heartfelt messages on the demise of Asma Jehangir.


However, despite all the positive messages from all over the world, there were some who even after her death continued to criticize her. Political commentator Zaid Hamid made this controversial tweet after her passing.