Iconic and “heroic” Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away

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One of the bravest women ever from Pakistan. Faced death threats especially after Zia’s extreme Islamization of Pakistan but never backed down and stood up to the clerics to protect women and minorities


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Prominent Pakistani human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has died at the age of 66.

She reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital, where she later died.

The pro-democracy activist championed women's rights throughout her career.

She was imprisoned in 1983 and put under house arrest in 2007. Five years ago, leaked documents suggested that some intelligence officers had planned to kill her.

Ms Jahangir called for an inquiry at the time, demanding the government "find the forces who wanted to silence" her.

More recently she spoke out against BBC Persian journalists being put on trial in Iran, as part of her role as UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi led tributes to Ms Jahangir, saying her death was a great loss for the legal fraternity, and praying for her and her family.

Punjab state chief Shehbaz Sharif tweeted that he was "deeply saddened" at the news.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai called Ms Jahangir a "saviour of democracy and human rights".