Celebrated lawyer and human rights advocate Asma Jehangir passed away on February 11 in Lahore at the age of 66. Jan 27 (today) marks her 71st birthday as Pakistanis remember the iron lady’s legacy.
She spearheaded the fight for human rights in Pakistan for more than four decades and rose to become a symbol of resistance against military rule, the misconduct of the law, and repression of free expression.
In 2010, she made history by becoming the country’s Supreme Court Bar Association’s first female president. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an autonomous NGO founded in 1986, was founded with help from Jahangir.
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