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RIP Ms. Jahangir

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A leading Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist, Asma Jahangir, has passed away in the eastern city of Lahore at the age of 66.

"She was always on the frontline for progressive voices, even when democracy was under threat," said Sherry Rehman, an opposition senator in Pakistan's parliament and Jahangir's close friend.

"As a close friend, we bickered on issues, but she introduced me to human rights when I was a young journalist," she told Al Jazeera. "We are all reeling from shock, the global human rights community is bereft - one of Pakistan's brightest faces is gone."

Known for her persistence on advocating for issues including women's rights and discrimination against minorities, Jahangir was the first woman to serve as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

 

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