Asma Jehangir–former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan–is a landmark jurist who fought many high-profile social justice cases. She co-founded and chaired the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). Emphasizing that democracy should continue to flourish in Pakistan, she refused an offer to become the Caretaker Prime Minister and advised retired judges to do the same. In 2014, Jehangir was awarded the Stefanus Prize, a human rights prize celebrating freedom of religion or belief. In 2017, she became the first Pakistani to deliver the Amartya Sen Lecture at the London School of Economics, where she called for a counter-narrative of liberal politics to challenge religious intolerance.
Source of Influence: Social Issues
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