Dr MEHREEN FARUQI ( 10:01 :45 ): I move:
(1) That this House notes that:
(a) Pakistani lawyer and eminent human rights activist, Asma Jahangir, passed away in Lahore on Sunday 11 February 2018, at the age of 66;
(b) Asma Jahangir was a stalwart of human rights and was one of the founding members of Women’s Action Forum Pakistan and the fiercely independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, she was never afraid to take on the most formidable opponents and speak truth to power in a way that truly exemplifies this phrase, with many human rights activists in Pakistan often describing her as their moral compass;
(c) Asma established the first ever all- women legal firm in Pakistan and was a world- renowned brave defender of women’s rights from an early age; and
(d) Asma defended the human rights of oppressed people far and wide, from brick kiln workers in Pakistan to the Rohingya of Myanmar.
(2) That this House recognises the powerful legacy of Asma Jahangir and acknowledges her struggle against all forms of suppression of women and minorities all over the world.
Motion agreed to.