ISLAMABAD, Oct. 30 (APP): :- The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has felicitated Asma Jahangir on her victory for the top slot of the Supreme Court Bar Association and termed it a victory of human rights, rule of law, democracy, freedom of expression and press that will pave way to achieve genuine civilian rule in the country.
The PFUJ in a statement here on Saturday said that the election of Asma Jaghanir translates that a women would lead the country’s most influential calls of lawyers. Asma Jahangir is the bold and brave lady who always stood along the side of media persons against atrocities, censorship, black laws; economic rights, retrenchments and other rights. In a number of legal battles too she represented the cause of the working journalists without any professional charges, which indicates her commitment with the oppressed and depressed classes.She is undoubtedly the champion of the cause of justice, equity and fair play, PFUJ added. “The success of Asma Jahangir to head the most prestigious office of SCBA will no doubt infuriate those who have opposed her decades-long principled advocacy for human rights, dignity, civil liberties, supremacy of the civil and constitutional rule,” the statement added. “The election honors not only Jahangir’s unflinching integrity, but also all of those in who struggle daily to boost the rule of law.” From 1998 to 2004, Asma Jahangir served as the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions. From 2004 until July 2010, she was the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. She resigned as chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in July to run for the SCBA presidency. The PFUJ expressed confidence that Asma will continue her right struggle for the independence of the judiciary, rule of law, the rights, and dignity of the lawyers, rights of the underprivileged segments of the society and cause of the media persons with the same spirit and devour that she has displayed throughout her life long history.