Asma’s loneliness reflected the place that civil society — even the incremental, bourgeois variety — had in Pakistan. In most other countries, what she did would have been heroic but hardly life-threatening. And for all her celebrity status abroad, Asma lacked a constituency within Pakistan.
Asma fought Zia’s military dictatorship, her lawyer’s office in Lahore becoming a shelter of sorts for those persecuted by the regime. She was also at the forefront of the battle, against the anti-women Hudood laws that Zia introduced.
"I do believe that this time the army would have to understand that the system cannot be derailed every few years,
that instability in Pakistan is something that people are not prepared for. We had it for too long," Jahangir said