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In pictures: Asma Jahangir, a fierce champion of human rights

Updated Feb 11, 2018 06:45pm

Arguably one of Pakistan's fiercest and most outspoken champions of human rights, Asma Jahangir was a polarising but respected and awe-inspiring figure.

A pro-democracy activist, Jahangir was vocal about the rights of women and minority communities. She advocated freedom of speech, and often highlighted the plight of missing persons in Pakistan.

She passed in away in Lahore on Sunday at the age of 66 after suffering cardiac arrest.

Here are a few snapshots from her life.

A beaming Asma Jahangir is awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz by then president Asif Ali Zardari at a Pakistan Day investiture ceremony in 2010. ─ Dawn/File
A beaming Asma Jahangir is awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz by then president Asif Ali Zardari at a Pakistan Day investiture ceremony in 2010. ─ Dawn/File

Asma Jahangir addresses a protest in Lahore on April 4, 2009, against the public flogging of a woman. — AFP/File
Asma Jahangir addresses a protest in Lahore on April 4, 2009, against the public flogging of a woman. — AFP/File

Asma Jahangir taking part in the 2017 Women on Wheels rally in Lahore.─ AFP/File
Asma Jahangir taking part in the 2017 Women on Wheels rally in Lahore.─ AFP/File

Asma Jahangir in Oct 2017 holds up the passports of a missing Turkish couple who were said to have been deported from Pakistan. ─ Dawn/File
Asma Jahangir in Oct 2017 holds up the passports of a missing Turkish couple who were said to have been deported from Pakistan. ─ Dawn/File

Pakistani lawyers and human rights activists rally to condemn the killing of Christian leader Shahbaz Bhatti outside the LHC on March 7, 2011. ─ AP/File
Pakistani lawyers and human rights activists rally to condemn the killing of Christian leader Shahbaz Bhatti outside the LHC on March 7, 2011. ─ AP/File

Asma Jahangir addressing a conference in her role as a UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. — UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
Asma Jahangir addressing a conference in her role as a UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. — UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

French envoy Philippe Thiebaud confers the Officier de la Legion d'Honneur on Asma Jahangir on Oct 4, 2014. ─ Dawn/File
French envoy Philippe Thiebaud confers the Officier de la Legion d'Honneur on Asma Jahangir on Oct 4, 2014. ─ Dawn/File

Asma Jahangir is awarded Poland's Pro Dignitate Humana award at a ceremony in Warsaw on Jan 29, 2014. ─ Photo courtesy Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Asma Jahangir is awarded Poland's Pro Dignitate Humana award at a ceremony in Warsaw on Jan 29, 2014. ─ Photo courtesy Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs