Christians in Pakistan Mourn Death of Asma Jahangir

Published 22 February 2018  |  
Asma Jahangir was a longstanding chair of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Christians in Pakistan mourn the death of Asma Jahangir, an iconic rights activist.

Known as the "enemy of the state" and anti-Islam figure, she condemned draconian anti-blasphemy laws as well as the politicization of state institutions. She fearlessly supported women and minority groups.

Jahangir, 66, died of a cardiac arrest in the northeastern city of Lahore on Feb. 11.

Jahangir fought for free legal aid for peasants. She sought the return of land occupied by the military.

She was a co-founder of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

Fellow Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, recalled meeting Jahangir recently in Oxford, England.

"The best tribute to her is to continue her fight for human rights and democracy," she tweeted.


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