NEWS DESK: Pakistan went into mourning as eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir breathed her last on Sunday. She was admitted to a private hospital last night over cardiac problem, where she breathed her last. She was 66.
According to reports, she had been suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years. She was rushed to hospital after falling ill but passed away.
As reports of her death surfaced, a large number of people took to Twitter to express their sorrow over the loss of Pakistan’s towering human rights stalwart. And it was not just Pakistanis who mourned the tragic loss.
Asma Jehangir’s death is a loss of a strong voice for the marginalised and oppressed. Despite our differences I always respected her for her fight for human rights and for standing up for her convictions.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 11, 2018
.@asma_jahangir What a brave woman.Pakistan poorer without her.People like Asma are anchors of a society.The brave and dedicated daughter of a brave father.After 3 generations of camaraderie between our families,this is a deep personal loss.God bless her soul
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) February 11, 2018
My watercolor of Asma Jehangir… what a great loss…true champion of rights and democracy pic.twitter.com/gjECsM415T
— sabirnazar (@sabirnazar1) February 11, 2018
— Shahzad Shafi (@shahzadShafi007) February 11, 2018
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) February 11, 2018
Shocking to hear about the passing of this brave woman. Her honesty and sincerity to her cause remains an inspiration for our generation. Was always so full of life. We will miss you ma’am. @Asma_Jahangir pic.twitter.com/gGqEJuAexv
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) February 11, 2018
A Pakistan without Pukhtuns and a Pakistan without Bacha Khan would have been a narrow minded Pakistan.
Last words of @Asma_Jahangir speech at #PashtunLongMarch Dharna two days ago.
Via justice for Pashtuns fb pic.twitter.com/onmvmYInRZ
— Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) February 11, 2018
Asma Jahangir , undoubtedly the bravest and the most resilient fighter for human rights who had the courage to face the wrath of the dictators and the fury of the fundamentalist Mulla has passed away . It is the loss of the whole Sub continent .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 11, 2018
What a tragic day for Pakistan today. We lost a brave, fearless voice. She stood against dictators, she raised voices for those who did not have them. An irreplaceable loss. Irreplaceable. #RestinPeace #AsmaJahangir
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) February 11, 2018
— Enyo (@EnyoAtHome) February 11, 2018
We may disagree with her opinions – but we cant question her integrity !! #ASMAJAHANGIR
The lady surely showed more courage against the tyrants versus most of our leaders ! pic.twitter.com/32aoI5gIF9
— Umer (@KhawajaUmerr) February 11, 2018
So so so upset. It’s the passing of the only Pakistani feminist icon we knew as kids. The only one we looked up to as the relentless upholder of women’s rights in this country. Salaam to that great, great Pakistani woman. #AsmaJahangir
— Sabahat Zakariya (@sabizak) February 11, 2018
What a women!!!!! am shocked just saw her on tv last night so full of life and each time I saw her i always wondered “what a strong strong women she is “ it’s a sad sad day …….إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ #AsmaJahangir
— Maiza Hameed (@MaizaHameed) February 11, 2018
RIP Asma Jahangir. The Subcontinent’s bravest and most “incorrigible” liberal. No one touched by her came without her touch of kindness. Both Pakistan and India are poorer today. pic.twitter.com/IEL3rXbjcS
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) February 11, 2018
Shocked & deeply saddened to hear of Asma Jehangir’s sudden death. It is an irreparable loss. May she rest in eternal peace. Ameen.
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) February 11, 2018
— Muniba Mazari (@muniba_mazari) February 11, 2018
Bravest, fearless, a true democrat Asma Jahangir has passed away… sad day… RIP
— Shahzeb Khanzada (@shazbkhanzdaGEO) February 11, 2018
(My father) remained in jail in Bannu. He remained in jail in Multan. But we were not allowed to go see him there…we always saw him in courts. So, for me, the court was a place where you dressed up to meet your father. It had a very nice feeling to it.
— Asad Rahim Khan (@AsadRahim) February 11, 2018
A huge loss for Pakistan – @Asma_Jahangir dies – plz someone tell me it didn’t happen – she was a star
— Ayesha Siddiqa (@iamthedrifter) February 11, 2018
Shocked & devastated to hear that @Asma_Jahangir is no more. An icon of our times; fearless defender of #humanrights. Inspired so many. leaves a rich legacy. #Pakistan is a poorer place without her.
May you rest in peace Asma ji.
khak mein kya suratein hongi k pinhan ho gayeen pic.twitter.com/1EgurOHAEO
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) February 11, 2018
— Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) February 11, 2018
What sad news. Asma Jahangir’s courage and compassion were admired well beyond Pakistan. She had many friends in the U.K. too. We will all miss her. https://t.co/jbGT1jZIve
— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) February 11, 2018
Asma Jahangir: so strong her resolve, so unwavering in colossal adversity, that even in her death tiday she continues to expose the pettiness of the lot who do harm while claiming to champion the common good
inna lillahi wa inallah-e-raji’oon
— Fasi Zaka (@fasi_zaka) February 11, 2018
We will not allow Sabir Shakir & other leeches to try and tarnish Asma Jahangir’s legacy, which is beyond a doubt a ray of hope for Pakistan. She is a hero and will remain a hero for this country. A fighter like no other.
— ایمان زینب (@ImaanZHazir) February 11, 2018
— Sharmeen Obaid (@sharmeenochinoy) February 11, 2018
— Ziauddin Yousafzai (@ZiauddinY) February 5, 2018
Story first published: 11th February 2018