Asma Jahangir: Her life in pictures

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The funeral would take place after Salima's return to Pakistan, the family announced.

She died February 11 of a heart attack after being taken to a hospital in the Pakistani city of Lahore, her lifetime home, her family announced. Some reports said the lawyer has been battling cancer for years now. However, she remained unfazed: "Yes, I am very unhappy, extremely anguished at human rights violations against Kashmiris in India, or against Rohingyas in Burma, or, for that matter, Christians in Orissa; but obviously I am going to be more concerned of violations taking place in my own house because I am closer to the people who I live with. She was unmatched and unparalleled, we suffered a great loss today", Yousuf said.

"Deeply saddened by the news of sudden demise of renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir sahiba".

In a statement, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi praised Jahangir's contributions toward upholding rule of law, democracy, and safeguarding human rights. "May her soul rest in peace", he added.

"Sad sad day for Pakistan".

"The best tribute to her", Yousafzai tweeted, "is to continue her fight for human rights and democracy".

A secular-minded Muslim, Ms. Jehangir defended the rights of Christians and other minorities throughout her career, denouncing the abuse of blasphemy laws against them. "The vacuum from her death may not be filled", he said.

A champion of human rights, Jehangir was unafraid to speak loudly against those attacking minority religions and women.

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When she made a decision to contest the election for the Supreme Court Bar Association's president in 2009-2010, Asma faced stiff opposition from many sections of the society, including newspapers and television channels.

Untimely death of Asma Jahangir, an eminent lawyer and human rights activist, is an irreparable loss for Pakistan, Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb said in a condolence message here Sunday.

Asma Jahangir is survived by a son and two daughters. Her daughter Muneezay Jahangir is a journalist and TV anchorperson.

Raza Ahmad Rumi of the Pakistan Daily Times called her a hero. She obtained a LLB degree from Punjab University.

In 1986, she moved to Geneva and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International.

"I remember meeting her along with party colleagues H S Dhami and Dr Manjinder Singh at Circut House Amritsar on 3rd March 2008 to present memorandum to her on Sikh issues".

Jahangir, who was 66 years old, died in hospital in Lahore after suffering a cardiac arrest, Dawn News reported.

Asma has received several awards including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award, 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 2010 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz.