Asma Jahangir's funeral to be held outside Qaddafi Stadium today

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Jahangir who died of cardiac arrest on Sunday

Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan's most prominent right activists and lawyers, died on Sunday of a heart attack in the eastern city of Lahore at the age of 66, her daughter said.

"Her sudden death is a major blow for the fight to enable the poorest sectors of the Pakistani population to fully enjoy these fundamental rights, which the powerful security forces and their religious supporters seek to deny the people".

She was on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential women. She was a tireless advocate for inalienable rights of all people and for equality - whether in her capacity as a Pakistani lawyer in the domestic justice system, as a global civil society activist, or as a Special Rapporteur.

For her work championing minority rights and speaking out against corruption at all levels in Pakistan, Asma Jahangir was targeted by threats on her life by hard lined militants and those within the military establishment.

Many prominent personalities from judiciary, government officials and politicians visited her residence to express condolences and a huge number of people are expected to attend the funeral ceremony on Tuesday. She was the first female leader of Pakistan's Supreme Court bar association. As the third UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, she improved the world's understanding of the plight of religious minorities worldwide through her in-depth research and sustained engagements and fought for the protection of the persecuted.

Jahangir's supporters and former opponents alike took to social media to offer their condolences and express shock at the news of her death. In 1987, she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and became its Secretary General until 1993 when she was elevated as commission's chairperson. Advancement of human rights and prospects of peace between India and Pakistan are integrally interdependent.

Known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights, Asma was the first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. "She will always be remembered for her brilliant record in defense of human rights and her courageous reports on the crimes of the Iranian regime", tweeted Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI.

Jahangir was also a vocal opponent of judicial overreach and would often confront the superior judiciary when it would extend its jurisdiction in her opinion. "I would like [to seek your] permission to fly the national flag at half mast on 13 February, 2018, the day of her funeral, in addition to day of our mourning". He said she personally made strenuous efforts for supremacy of the constitution.

We last met when she gave a memorial lecture at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, earlier this month to commemorate 10 years since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; again she emphasised that having a woman as prime minister in a traditionally male environment set an example to all women that they could attain seniority in their respective fields. And she was unpopular back in Pakistan, perhaps in the same way as Butalia and Roy are in some circles in India.

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