Nawaz says Asma Jehangir always struggled for democracy and supremacy of law
LAHORE, Feb 12 (SABAH): Former prime minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif visited the residence of the late human rights activist Asma Jahangir in Lahore on Monday and offered condolences with the heirs on the death of Asma Jehangir.
Expressing grief at the untimely demise of the rights icon, the PML-N leaders offered condolences to the bereaved family and remembered her contributions to the cause of humanity in golden words.
Speaking to media on the occasion, Nawaz Sharif paid tribute to Jahangir’s lifelong struggle for democracy and rule of law, and prayed for her soul.
“She was not only a prominent lawyer, she was a kind-hearted human who cared for the poor and marginalised, she never left the poor in hard times. She always struggled for democracy and supremacy of law,” said the former premier. “May Allah raise her status [in the afterlife],” he prayed.
Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that Asma Jehangir always given time to the suffering humanity. She also worked for democracy and rule of law in the country. Nawaz Sharif said that Asma Jehangir was prominent lawyer, good human being, supporter of poor people, looked after the rights of the people, supported the suppressed, polite, helped others in difficult time, a personality who struggled for democracy, a personality who fought for rule of law in Pakistan and she always struggled for this and has always given a lot of time for this purpose.
He said that Asma Jehangir passed away after earning good name in the world. Nawaz Sharif prayed for the eternal peace of Asma Jehangir.
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz termed Jahangir’s death “a huge loss for democracy, human rights and humanity overall.” “Asma Jahangir was a voice for the poor and marginalised sections of the society. Every human who has a heart should advance her cause, and become a voice for the [voiceless],” Maryam Nawaz told the media.
She remembered that Jahangir always stood for truth. “Speaking truth should not be labeled as criticism. There should be courage to speak the truth.”
Asma Jahangir, who co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and came to be known as a fearless voice of the marginalised sections of the society, passed away on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 66.
She was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion.
Asma Jahangir received several awards and accolades during her life, including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz, UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights in 2010 and Officier de la Légion d’honneur in 2014 – France’s highest award.