Pakistani lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir passed away at 66 in Lahore, on 11 February 2018.
A fierce human rights champion, Asma was a beacon of hope for many. She fought valiantly for implementation of much-needed civil rights in the country. Women, minorities, missing persons; all came within her sphere of empathetic efforts. Furthermore, as a promoter of democracy, she stood tall for civilian rights and worked hard to raise awareness in that regard.
For a country that continues to suffer from bouts of democratic turbulence, her efforts were certainly a push for civilians in the right direction. While the country mourns the loss of an invaluable asset, here are a few cherry-picked photographs that depict Asma Jahangir as the perfect role model citizen
She was a champion for democratic stability
Asma also fought for the country against external political pressure
Seen here fighting hard for female emancipation from the discriminatory Hudood Ordinances
She personally joined movements demanding equitable public spaces for women
Asma even stood firm as the legal voice of minorities who are stripped of their civil rights
She was not afraid to admonish power abusing authorities
Asma fought for rights of internationals as well, not just Pakistanis
What was best about her? She fought for the people, by standing with the people
Even in her last days she spoke at the Pashtun protest because silence was never an option for her
If there is one thing clear in these photos, it is that Asma Jahangir was a woman who worked effortlessly for the country we all call home. Her empathy shines through as a harbinger of human rights awareness in Pakistan. What is seen in all pictures is her absolute grassroots approach towards human rights violations as she stood by the people. Furthermore, in her activism, we see no bureaucratic divisions and no empty words. Her words translated into formidable actions. After all, isn’t that what all citizens should aspire to when we claim allegiance to and love for Pakistan?
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