In Pictures: Asma Jahangir And Her Phenomenal Struggle For Human Rights

In Pictures: Asma Jahangir And Her Phenomenal Struggle For Human Rights

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A gleeful Asma Jahangir participates in the Women on Wheels rally in Lahore in 2016. 150 women
Source: Dawn

Last evening Pakistan lost one of its bravest, most resilient daughters, Asma Jahangir.

While Pakistanis from all walks of life mourn her untimely departure, let us recount her untiring struggle for human rights one last time through these iconic pictures.

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In this picture from 1983, a young Asma Jahangir is seen in her signature black coat protesting against dictatorship and authoritarian brutality. The protest was organized as part of the Women Action Forum.

Asma Jahangir during her early days

Asma Jahangir is seen protesting against the first invasion of Iraq in 1991.

Asma Jahangir protests the first invasion of Iraq in 1991
Source: dashbored.wordpress.com

In 2008 Asma Jahangir’s image with Bal Thackeray went viral. Extremist quarters in Pakistan used the image to defame Jahangir, labeling her as an “Indian agent.”

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Few know that this image was taken while Asma Jahangir traveled to India as part of a fact finding mission. Her meeting with the late, Shiv Sena Chief, Bal Thackeray was part of her investigation on communal violence by Hindu extremist groups against Indian Muslims.

Asma Jahangir grills Bal Thackery on Human Rights abuses in India
Source: Rediff India Abroad

Asma Jahangir, addresses a rally in Lahore in 2009 to protest the atrocities committed by Taliban and other militant groups in Pakistan.

Asma Jahangir addresses a rally in lahore in 2009
Source: Independent

In this undated picture, Jahangir is seen at a civil society protest to demand an end to Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

Asma Jahangir protesting Indian atrocities in Kashmir

A gleeful Asma Jahangir participates in the Women on Wheels rally in Lahore in 2016. 150 women motorcyclists had taken part in the rally after completing their training with the support of Special Monitoring Unit on Law & Order and City Traffic Police.

A gleeful Asma Jahangir participates in the Women on Wheels rally in Lahore in 2016. 150 women
Source: Dawn

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In her last public engagement, Asma Jahangir gave a lecture in Oxford University in February 2017 on the legacy of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Asma Jahangir's last engagement at Oxford

She was also joined at the lecture in Oxford by Malala Yousafzai (extreme left), Iqbal Lala (father of Mishal Khan) and Ziauddin Yousafzai (extreme right).

Asma Jahangir with Malala Yousafzai at Oxford University in February 2017

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With a heavy heart, we bid farewell to a Pakistani who was a true embodiment of courage. May her dream for a prosperous, progressive Pakistan come true.

Rest in eternal peace!

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