LAHORE: Prominent women rights activist and humanitarian Nigar Ahmed passed away at a hospital in Lahore after a prolonged illness.
The activist was 72 years of age, suffering from Parkinson’s disease since a long time. A few days ago she complained of chest infection and was admitted to the hospital.
Nigar Ahmed was a leftist known for her immense contribution to women’s rights. She 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.