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Prominent Pakistani human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir has died at the age of 66.
She reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital, where she later died.
She was the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran.
A career filled with firsts and awards included imprisonment and house arrest, and five years ago leaked documents suggested that some intelligence officers had planned to kill her.
Ms Jahangir called for an inquiry at the time, demanding the government “find the forces who wanted to silence” her.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi led tributes to Ms Jahangir, saying her death was a great loss for the legal fraternity, and praying for her and her family.
aAmnesty International’s South Asia director Omar Waraich said Mrs Jahangir had “never wavered”.
Asma Jahangir was the bravest person I knew. She fearlessly stood up to dictators, thugs, misogynists. She was never daunted by the attacks that came her way. She never wavered from her principles. Her loss is incalculable.
— Omar Waraich (@OmarWaraich) February 11, 2018
Another prominent Pakistani lawyer, Salman Akram Raja, tweeted that Ms Jahangir was “the bravest human being I ever knew” and that the world was “less” without her.
In her career, Ms Jahangir was a staunch defender of human rights and women’s rights, and a pro-democracy activist.
She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.
She worked closely with her sister Hina Jilani on many of her endeavours.
In 2014 Ms Jahangir told AFP news agency she had seen changes in the perception of human rights in Pakistan.
“There was a time that human rights was not even an issue in this country,” she said. “Then prisoners’ rights became an issue.”
“Women’s rights was thought of as a Western concept. Now people do talk about women’s rights.”