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Asma Jahangir laid to rest at her farmhouse

14 February, 2018

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LAHORE: Asma Jahangir defied regressive and patriarchal traditions in death as well. Her funeral at Gaddafi Stadium attracted a huge crowd of women, men and children on Tuesday. Many of Asma’s female comrades, colleagues and relatives joined the prayer, led by Haider Farooq Maududi, son of Jamaat Islami founder Syed Abu’l Al’a Maududi, in the front row.

Asma Jahangir was later laid to rest at her family’s farmhouse in Bedian.

Besides Jahangir’s colleagues and comrades from the various institutions she helped set up, representatives of various political parties, human rights organisations, and state institutions also attended the funeral.

He said Asma’s legacy of peace, equality and democracy could be continued not only in Pakistan but also in South Asia only if progressive voices teamed up and collectively foght to achieve what she stood up for.

A young female lawyer who has worked with Asma Jahangir said that the late lawyer and activist ruled the hearts of women lawyers across the country because she always supported and protected them. “She would always boost my confidence and her support was the reason why young women lawyers got equal opportunities as their male counterparts,” she told Daily Times with teary eyes.

Special security arrangements were made by the Police Department of the province. Traffic and parking plans were prepared to ensure that there was no inconvenience to the funeral congregation or general public.

Jahangir had passed away on Sunday at the age of 66. She was born in January 1952, received a bachelor’s degree from Kinnaird College and an LLB from Punjab University. She was called to the Lahore High Court in 1980 and to the Supreme Court in 1982. She later went on to become the first woman to serve as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).

She was jailed in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD). She led the protesting lawyers from the front in the 2007 lawyers’ movement as well, for which she was put under house arrest.

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