Bollywood Veteran Shabana Azmi Expresses Her Grief Over Losing Close Friend Asma Jahangir

By Iman Zia | 11 Feb, 2018

Human Rights lawyer and pioneering social activist Asma Jahangir passed away February 11th after suffering a fatal cardiac arrest. Asma became the first woman to topline the Supreme Court Bar Association as its president. Asma was known as a pro-democracy activist, and at one point was jailed in 1983 for being a participant in the ‘Restoration Of Democracy,’ a picket against Zia-ul-Haq. Asma co-founded the ‘Human Rights Commission’ in the country and the ‘Women’s Action Forum’ and has received a number of prestigious awards, from ‘Hilal-i-Imtiaz’ to the ‘UNESCO Prize For The Promotion Of Culture Of Human Rights’ and the French ‘Officier de la Légion d’honneur.’

 

Source: Express Tribune

 

Bollywood veteran Shabana Azmi was close friends with Asma and expressed her grief over losing a close companion and someone who was a ‘fearless crusader’ in the face of villainy

The actress took to Twitter to pay condolences to ‘friend’ and ‘leader’ Asma and admitted Pakistan had lost a brave, brave soldier

 

Shabana has been an active social warrior, supporting child survival and participating in the quest to end AIDS in India

A sturdy anti-colonialist, Shabana has used her entertainment platform to project her opinion denouncing colonialism as a mistake for both India and Pakistan through plays such as ‘The Black Prince’ and ‘Broken Images.’ The actress has been an avid member of the ‘National Integration Council’ and a member of the ‘National AIDS Commission.’ She was also appointed as a ‘Goodwill Ambassador for India’ in 1998 by the ‘United Nations Population Fund.’

Source: @AzmiShabana/Twitter

 

 

Shabana’s husband Javed Akhtar also took to Twitter to express dismay over Pakistan’s loss

 

Asma Jahangir, Renowned Lawyer, And Activist, Has Passed Away And Pakistanis Are Mourning

 

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