Pakistan musicians pay tribute to lawyer Asma Jahangir

Songs and poems light up an emotional event to remember a woman who always stood up for the underdog
Pakistan musicians pay tribute to lawyer Asma Jahangir

Singers pay tribute to the late Asma Jahangir, a respected Pakistani human rights lawyer. ( photo)

Choir members and musicians gave emotional performances dedicated to Pakistan human rights advocate Asma Jahangir, who passed away this month.

Songs and poetic tributes punctuated the musical tribute organized by the Center for Social Justice on Feb. 24 at Loyola Hall, the Jesuit retreat and educational center in Lahore.

Human rights activists remembered Jahangir, who held three different positions as a UN special rapporteur.

Peter Jacob, the Catholic director of the center, thanked Jahangir's family for attending the event.

"She chose tough cases of women, children, impoverished minorities, forced disappearances, rights of small provinces and defending people suffering under false allegations of blasphemy," Jacob said.

Church of Pakistan Bishop Irfan Jamil of Lahore urged everyone to continue her movement.

Munizae Jahangir, daughter of the human rights expert, thanked Christians for the tribute.

"My mother used to talk about your community. She was not alone in her struggle — you were all with her," she said.

Her family members were in danger on many occasions but she never discriminated on a religious basis, she added.

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