ISLAMABAD - The senators on Tuesday in a special condolence reference paid glowing tributes to late Asma Jahangir for her struggle against dictators, anti-democratic forces and the human rights violations, and remarked that she was a voice of the voiceless.

The lawmakers demanded that late Jahangir should be honoured with the title of “Iron Lady” and also called for including her name in the list, placed at the Gali-e-Dastoor of the Parliament House, of those personalities who sacrificed for restoration of democracy in the country.

In one of the unusual moments of parliamentary history, the Senate held a special condolence reference in honour of Asma Jahangir, a prominent lawyer, human rights icon and pro-democracy activist who passed away on February 11.

The lawmakers taking part in the debate, paid rich tributes to Asma Jahangir for the meritorious services rendered by her for the downtrodden segments of the society, rule of law, supremacy of the constitution and democracy in the country.

The Senate session, which was initially presided over by Senator Kalsoom Perveen prayed for late Jahangir.

However, later on, presiding officer Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, while chairing the session, eulogised her services and said that she was a voice of the voiceless and stood against the tyrants.

The legislators, while paying tribute to her services for the cause of rule of law, human and women rights, and democracy, expressed that Asma Jahangir was a strong voice for the marginalised and oppressed.

They said that she was a bold lady who always supported democracy, stood against the anti-democratic force, against those involved in violation of human rights and took a tough stance against dictatorship.

They said that Asma Jahangir was among the rare breed of brave women born in Pakistan.

They also acknowledged her struggle for the restoration of the superior judiciary in the country, for the rights of women and for the freedom of the press.

ANP Senator Ilyas Bilour said that she stood for then President Asif Ali Zardari in Memogate scandal and when the Supreme Court called ousted prime minister as “The Godfather”, she supported him as well, calling the remarks uncalled for.

“She neither succumbed nor wished for any position,” he said.

Bilour said that passing away of Jahangir deprived the world of such a personality who represented the oppressed class.

She always raised voice for the oppressed, he said.

Senator Azam Khan Musakhel said that Asma played a key role for rule of law and never became afraid of any tyrant.

PPP Senator Sehar Kamran said that Asma Jahangir always raised voice for women and the condolences pouring from all over the word were an admiration of his services for the humanity.

She demanded that Jahangir’s name should be included in the list placed at the Gali-e-Dastoor of the Parliament House.

Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Senator Usman Kakar said that she never cared for any position and trained thousands of lawyers.

Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini said that no one used to agree to contest cases during dictatorial regimes except Jahangir.

“She had visited Dera Bugti, when a military operation was started against late Nawab Akbar Bugti,” he said, adding that she also raised voice when former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as a result of a Supreme Court judgement.

Senator Mir Kabir said that the heroes like Asma should be made part of the curriculum, who always raised voice against oppression.

Senator Shahi Syed said that she was a voice of the voiceless.

Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja said that the federal government should nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Senator Mushahidullah Khan said that Asma Jahangir helped every political party in bad times and worked for the emancipation of women.

Senator Gayan Chan said that the late human rights activist never compromised on principles.