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NCSW Expresses Deep Grief Over Asma Jahangir’s Demise

Government of Pakistan

National Commission on the Status of Women

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Islamabad, 11th Feb., 2018

PRESS STATEMENT

ISLAMABAD, Sunday, February 11, 2018:  The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) expresses deep sorrow and grief over the demise of Ms. Asma Jahangir, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan and a staunch supporter and advocate for human rights in the country.

Ms. Asma was an icon of human rights and democracy in Pakistan. She always stood for the rights of the weak and had the courage to challenge the mighty and the powerful. She devoted her career to defending human and women rights, rights of religious minorities and children.

Her services to women rights movement in Pakistan were unparalleled and iconic.  She was always at the forefront in raising voice for the rights and empowerment of Pakistani women. She was the co-founder of Women Action Forum (WAF), the group of women who spearheaded the women rights movement in Pakistan.  

On 12 February 1983, when the Punjab Women Lawyers Association in Lahore organized a public protest against the Proposed Law of Evidence, Ms. Asma and other participating WAF members were beaten, teargassed, and arrested by police. The country commemorates February 12 as National Women’s Day.

NCSW acknowledges Ms. Asma’s services rendered for cause of independence of judiciary, rule of law and especially for her life-long efforts in promoting human rights. The Commission extends heartfelt condolences and sympathies to members of the aggrieved family.
 

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