Asma Jahangir laid to rest in Lahore

LAHORE: Prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir’s funeral prayers have been offered at Gaddafi Stadium.

Maulana Haider Farooq Maududi led the funeral prayers, which were attended by scores of men, women and children.

Asma was buried at her family’s farmhouse on Bedian Road, as per her wishes.

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 known for speaking against human rights violations and her courageous stand against dictatorships. 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.

Earlier today, Asma’s body was transported to her house in Gulberg from the hospital where it was placed in a morgue. From there, her funeral procession headed towards Gaddafi Stadium, with mourners surrounding the van carrying her body on foot.

Condolences poured in from all over the country as well as abroad following Jahangir’s demise, as people paid tribute to her services for democracy and efforts in the movement to restore the judiciary.

Prime Minister Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir’s death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights.

President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over her death, saying she rendered unprecedented services for the rule of law.

After Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah’s letter to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi requesting for a state funeral for the noted lawyer, various other dignitaries also called for a state funeral in remembrance of her services.

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, during an ongoing Senate session today, called for her burial with full state honours.

PML-N leader Senator Pervaiz Rashid also demanded that her last rites be performed with full state honours.