Some reports said the lawyer has been battling cancer for years now. "She was unmatched and unparalleled, we suffered a great loss today", Yousuf said. May her soul rest in peace.
She was repeatedly threatened by the country's militant religious right whom she criticized loudly and often. I can not believe she is no more among us. She defended minority Christians charged with blasphemy, an offense that under Pakistan's controversial law carries the death penalty.
Jahangir, who co-founded the Women's Action Forum in 1981, advocated equal rights for women and was outspoken about the sexism and inequality confronting women in the workplace, particularly in the legal profession.
When she chose 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.
Senate Chairperson Raza Rabbani said Jahangir spent her entire life working for the supremacy of the law.
Born on January 27, 1952 in Lahore, Jahangir studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary before receiving her B.A from Kinnaird and LLB from the Punjab University in 1978. Local TV stations broadcast footage showing public figures and Jehangir's friends sobbing and consoling each other outside her residence as her body was brought home from hospital. Besides serving as Bar Association President, Jahangir also served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution and as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. "There was a time in 2008 and 2009 that she raised a bold voice for the missing persons including the Baloch Missing Persons that was the opponents in Pakistan called her a RAW agent, Mosad agent and an American lobbyist".
In 1986, she moved to Geneva and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International. "It's everyone's loss. What a sad day!" she said. She was a true defender of human rights, democracy and fought till her last breath against authoritarian power, orthodoxy and discrimination.
She was a huge part of lawyers movement in 2007-08.
In 1993, an 11-year-old Christian boy, Salamat Masih, and his uncles, Manzoor Masih and Rehmat Masih, were accused of writing blasphemous words on the wall of a mosque in a small town near Lahore.
In 2014 she received France's highest civilian award and Sweden's Right Livelihood Award, for her decades of rights work.
Jahangir's pro-democracy struggle as a lawyer and activist had made her a staunch critic of Pakistan's military, intelligence agencies and armed groups.