This morning begins with news about the sad demise of two of renowned people of our country – legendary actor Qazi Wajid and lawyer cum social activist Asma Jahangir have left us for eternal peace.

Reportedly, the reason for the death both people was the cardiac pain.

According to sources, the veteran actor Qazi Wajid was admitted to the hospital last night due to cardiac pain and early this morning he left us.

The recipient of Pride of Performance Award, Qazi Wajid has given his precious 65 years to the showbiz world. He started his career with Radio Pakistan in 1930. After working for 25 years on radio, he joined theatre and television industry. The popular dramas of his career included Tanhaaiyan, Dhoop Kinaray, Mehendi, Khuda Ki Basti and many more.

Right Livelihood Award 2014 Stockholm 12/ 2014 Photo: Wolfgang Schmidt

Renowned lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir passed away in Lahore due to cardiac arrest.

Born and raised in Lahore, Jahangir was Pakistan’s first woman to serve as the President of Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. She also played an important role in the Lawyers’ Movement and serves as the trustee at the International Crisis Group.

Jahangir served on various national and international bodies as an expert on law and legal affairs.

She was imprisoned in 1983 for participating in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy against the military regime of Zia-ul-Haq. In 1986, she moved to Geneva, and became the vice-chair of the Defence for Children International and remained until 1988 when she moved back to Pakistan.

Jahangir is the recipient of several awards including the 2014 Right Livelihood Award (along with Edward Snowden), 2010 Freedom Award, Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2010, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Ramon Magsaysay Award, 1995 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, and the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights. She was awarded an Officier de la Légion d’honneur by France. Her prominent writings include The Hudood Ordinance: A Divine Sanction? and Children of a Lesser God.