South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

HYDERABAD: An event was held on Sunday to observe the first death anniversary of eminent lawyer and human right activist Asma Jahangir (February 11) by the Special Task Force of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

Tributes were paid to late Asma Jahangir for her services for the voiceless, downtrodden and oppressed sections of the society, especially minorities, women, peasants and labourers against mistreatment done with them by powerful people, forces and groups of the society.

Eminent human right activist, student leader of the past and former Sindh advocate general Yousif Leghari, Professor Arfana Mallah, Ammar Sindhu and others spoke on the occasion and paid tribute to late Asma Jahangir who raised voice for the voiceless people against injustices and highhandedness to them by powerful segments of the society.

They told the gathering that Asma Jehagir always patrolled the rights of secular liberals, religious minorities, the politically disenfranchised, wronged women, abused women as well as children.  She even fought for the constitutional rights of the very same religious extremists and hard – right nationalists who would have had her silenced, they added.

The participants of the reference also lit candles to pay homage to late Asma Jahangir who played a pivotal role in the struggle to fight the battle for the voiceless people and also for the restoration of democracy in the country on legal as well as human rights platforms.

Professor Abdul Majeed Chandio, Malik Inayat Kansi, Attaya Dawood, Veerji Kolhi, Taj Marri, Dr Nazeer Shaikh, Professor Mushtaque Mirani, Mahesh Kumar, Dr. Imdad Chandio, Javed Soz Halai, Veero Kolhi, Bhagwan Das, Zafar Junejo, Amjad Palejo, Professor Badar Soomro, and others also spoke on the occasion.

Asma Jahangir had breathed her last on February 11, 2018, in Lahore at the age of 66 due to cardiac arrest.

Updated On: 2019/02/10