Condolences pour in for Asma Jehangir on Twitter

Asma Jahangir

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh condoles the demise of leading Pakistan's Human rights icon Asma Jahangir at Lahore today.

Jahangir, a fierce defender of democracy who regularly raised concerns about Pakistan's military and intelligence services, was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential women.

People turned to social media to mourn the loss of one of Pakistan's "bravest" and most "fearless" activists.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai called her a "saviour of democracy and human rights".

"Just heard the devastating news that Asma Jehangir passed away".

She has served as chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and was widely respected for her outspoken criticism of the country's militant and extreme Islamist groups and unparalleled record as rights activist. "Our deepest condolences to the family", she wrote.

"Asma Jahangir "YOU'RE MY PRIDE", tweeted someone who went by the name Arya Stark Khan, with a profile picture of Arya Stark of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones".

"Deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Asma Jahangir".

She was branded a traitor to Islam and her homeland, accused of blasphemy, attacked by angry mobs and thrown into prison.

She was arrested and jailed in 1983. One of the judges who had acquitted them was assassinated in 1997. Asmaji had the audacity and the courage to fight for a fairer world.

She joined core of lawyers of Supreme Court in 1982 and since then she devoted her life for human rights and supremacy of Constitution. "If we do not raise our voice against this incident today, people like this (who make such remarks against minorities), will form a majority".

"@Asma_jahangir What a courageous woman". Her honesty and sincerity to her cause remains an inspiration for our generation.

In Pakistan, she was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the second and third highest civilian honours.

Jahangir is survived by two daughters and a son.

According to reports, she had been suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years.

She was rushed to hospital in Lahore on Saturday night and died the following day, said her daughter Muneeze Jahangir. "Doctors tried to save her life but couldn't", he added.

It was the first open denunciation of attempts by General Ziaul Haq's military regime to mix religion and law - and it made WAF and Asma Jahangir the most recognised faces of the movement for women's rights in Pakistan.

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