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. She died while undergoing treatment.
Asma became a champion democracy activist and was subsequently imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military rule of Pakistan's longest-serving President Ziaul Haq.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of renowned lawyer and former president of Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jahangir. She represented several clients who were denied their fundamental rights and defended cases of minorities, women and children in prisons.
Jehangir's daughter Muneeze said that the pro-democracy activist died in a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore where she had been rushed after suffering a heart attack.
Jahangir served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion from August 2004 to July 2010, including serving on the U.N. panel for inquiry into Sri Lankan human rights violations and on a fact-finding mission on Israeli settlements.
She was a vocal advocate for peace between Pakistan and India.
Jahangir was arrested in 2007 by the government of then-military ruler Pervez Musharraf and held under house arrest.
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She penned two books - "Divine Sanction?" The Hudood Ordinance" and "Children of a Lesser God: Child Prisoners of Pakistan.
A fierce defender of democracy, she often criticized Pakistan's military and intelligence.
"It is a tribute to a large number of Pakistanis who have worked relentlessly for better human rights in the country", she said.
Daily Times Editor Raza Ahmad Rumi called her a "hero". Her courage to speak truth to power was unprecedented and exemplary.
"Asma Jahangir "YOU'RE MY PRIDE", tweeted someone who went by the name Arya Stark Khan, with a profile picture of Arya Stark of the famous HBO series Game of Thrones".
She refused to leave the country despite the threats, however, and told the British newspaper the Telegraph that she would not follow other activists out of the country. What disturbed him perhaps was why she always spoke up and appeared utterly unafraid in this world dominated by masculinity's apoplectic id. I met her a week ago in Oxford. "#RestinPeace #AsmaJahangir", wrote another user on Twitter. She done her bachelors from Kinnaird College and LLB from the Punjab University (PU).
Nobel Peace Prize victor Malala Yousafzai called her a "saviour of democracy and human rights".