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Bollywood mourns death of Pakistani activist Asma Jahangir

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The Indian film industry today mourned the death of Pakistan's renowned human rights lawyer and social activist, Jahangir.

An of the country's powerful military establishment, Asma, 66, passed away in due to cardiac arrest.

Personalities including screenwriter-lyricist Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, filmmakers and took to to offer their last tributes to the fearless activist.

Akhtar called "undoubtedly the bravest and the most resilient fighter for human rights".

"(She) 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 subcontinent," he wrote.

Azmi remembered her friend, whom she deeply respected for her integrity and courage.

"Just heard the devastating that Jehangir passed away... has lost its most fearless crusader and the human rights movement its tallest leader. Our deepest condolences to the family," she wrote.

Nandita said Asma's death was a massive loss to the neighbouring country.

"Deeply shocked and saddened to hear of AsmaJahangir. She was a true defender of human rights, democracy and fought till her last breath against authoritarian power, orthodoxy and discrimination.

"She was and will remain an inspiration. A huge loss. Condolences to all whose lives she touched," the filmmaker wrote.

called Asma "an extraordinary woman who fought for ordinary people".

"An extraordinary woman who fought for ordinary people. Asmaji had the audacity and the courage to fight for a fairer world. Thank you for touching our lives," he added.

Pakistani actors and also took to to remember the human rights champion.

"Sad sad day for .. We say goodbye to a great great artist and a fearless activist. They shall live on through their work, always. #QaziWajid #AsmaJahangir," Mahira wrote, also mourning the death of Qazi Wajid.

"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," Zafar wrote, tagging Asma in his tweet.

Asma was the first woman to serve as the of Bar Association of

Her daughter confirmed the of her death on the microblogging site.

said Asma suffered heart attack today morning.

"She was rushed to where she breathed her last. Doctors tried to save her life but couldn't," he added.

Born in January 1952 in Lahore, Asma co-founded and chaired the

She has constantly raised the issue of "missing persons" in Pakistan and calling for grilling of intelligence agencies.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 17:55 IST