LAHORE – Women rights activist and humanitarian Nigar Ahmed passed away in Lahore on Friday.

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She was 72. The Iron lady was suffering from Parkinson’s disease since long; a few days ago she complained of chest infection and was admitted to a hospital where she passed away.

Her funeral will take place in Lahore on Saturday after Asr prayers.

Nigar, a leftist known for her immense contribution to women’s rights, was a founding member of the Women Action Forum (1981).

In 1986 she spearheaded and co-founded the Aurat Foundation with Shehla Zia – in protest against General Ziaul Haq’s dictatorial regime.

She leaves behind her husband Tariq Siddiqui and two sons, Bilal and Ahmed.