Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah on Sunday requested Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to consider giving iconic human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir a state funeral.
Jahangir, 66, passed away in Lahore on Sunday afternoon after suffering a cardiac arrest. She collapsed while on a telephone call, discussing a meeting with a lawyer, and was rushed to a private hospital but could not survive.
A doctor concerned at Hameed Latif Hospital told Dawn that she died of brain haemorrhage. She has left behind her husband, two daughters and a son.
Her untimely demise was met with a national outpouring of grief and shock, and the Sindh CM announced that a day of mourning would be observed across the province.
According to family sources, Jahangir’s funeral will be held on Feb 13 at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium at 2pm, as her daughter and brother are scheduled to arrive in Pakistan from abroad.
CM Shah, in a letter addressed to the PM, requested permission to fly the national flag at half-mast in the province on Tuesday “in addition to our day of mourning”.
Jahangir, known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights — as well as for remaining undaunted in the face of extreme pressure and opposition — will be remembered as a champion of the disenfranchised and for her services towards building a democratic and more inclusive Pakistan.
The Pakistan Bar Council announced three days of mourning across the country starting on Monday.