KARACHI/LAHORE: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has written to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seeking a state funeral for prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir, who passed away on Sunday.
In his letter to the premier, the chief minister has also requested for the national flag to be flown at half-mast on the day of her funeral.
Jahangir’s funeral is scheduled to be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, February 13 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Jahangir, who co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and came to be known as a fearless voice of the marginalised sections of the society, suffered a cardiac arrest, her family said. She was 66.
Following the tragic news, lawyers’ representative bodies are observing a day of mourning today in remembrance of the services rendered by Jahangir, who also served as president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.
Lawyers throughout Punjab and Balochistan will not be appearing in courts today. The Lahore High Court Bar is also in mourning.
The Sindh government has also announced province-wide mourning today in her memory.
Condolences poured in from all over the country as well as abroad following Jahangir’s demise, as people paid tribute to her services for democracy and efforts in the movement to restore the judiciary.
Prime Minister Abbasi expressed grief at Jahangir’s death, praising her contribution to upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights.
President Mamnoon Hussain expressed grief over her death, saying she rendered unprecedented services for the rule of law.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar visited the residence of late Asma Jahangir to condole her demise with the bereaved family.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif called Jahangir a staunch supporter of democracy, posting a prayer for the deceased on Twitter.
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz called Jahangir’s death a great loss.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Pakistan has become poorer with her demise. “People like Asma are anchors of a society,” he said.-Web Desk