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Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dead

IANS  |  Lahore 

Renowned Pakistani human rights passed away here on Sunday, She was 66.

The cause of her death has not been confirmed but suggested that she died due to a

was born on January 27, 1952 in

She received a Bachelors' degree from and an LLB from University. She was called to the High Court in 1980 and to the in 1982.

She later went on to become the first woman to serve as of the Bar Association.

became a democracy activist and was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, which rallied against military dictator Zia-ul-Haq's regime.

She was also active in the 2007 lawyers' movement for which she was put under house arrest, reports Dawn news.

The activist co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Women's Action Forum.

Jahangir was also awarded a UNESCO/Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights and an Officier de la Legion d'honneur by

She received the 2014 Right Livelihood Award and the 2010 Freedom Award.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 15:26 IST
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