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Pakistan bids farewell to human rights activist Asma Jahangir


Associated Press, Lahore February 13

Pakistan on Tuesday bid farewell to one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, Asma Jahangir, who died this week of a heart attack in Lahore.

Thousands attended the funeral service at the city’s Gaddafi Stadium — including Jahangir’s family and relatives, friends, prominent lawyers, judges, politicians and human rights activists.

A Muslim cleric led the prayers. Jahangir is to be buried at a more private ceremony later on Tuesday.

Jahangir, who was 66, served as chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and was widely respected for her outspoken criticism of militant and extreme Islamist groups.

She was also president of the Supreme Court’s Bar Association and a UN rapporteur on human rights. She was on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential women.

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