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Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): An outspoken critic of dictatorship
Posted:Feb 12, 2018
 
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Dr  Ishtiaq Ahmed
 
I learnt with great shock and grief the death of Pakistan's most famous, indefatigable and brave human rights champion, Madam Asma Jahangir. I had the occasional only once in life to meet her and and attend a meeting being held by her where the late Dr Javed Iqbal was the main speaker.
 
On the other hand, because of her dedication and extreme courage she was known to millions of us who valued human rights and human dignity. The number of times she took up cudgels on behalf of those oppressed and denied their human rights cannot be counted because she was at the forefront of all major showdowns with the Deep State.
 
She was a democrat and always stood up for civil liberties and the freedoms of people. Such people are the real asset of a nation. Today Pakistan has been deprived of one of her finest daughters.
 
She will always be remembered as an outspoken critic of dictatorship and abuse of power
 
The author is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Stockholm University; Visiting Professor Government College University;  and, Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. Latest publications, The Punjab Bloodied, Partitioned and Cleansed, *(Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2012), won the Best Non-Fiction Book Prize at the 2013 Karachi Literature Festival and the 2013 UBL-Jang Groups Best Non-Fiction Book Prize at Lahore and the Best Book on Punjab Award from Punjabi Parchar at the Vaisakhi Mela in Lahore, 2016. And , Pakistan: The Garrison State, Origins, Evolution, Consequences (1947-2011), Oxford, 2013.  He can be reached at: billumian@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
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