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IA Rehman, Pakistan’s icon human rights activist passes away aged 90

Pakistan mourns the death of human rights defender

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Ibn Abdur Rehman, better known as IA Rehman, Pakistan’s icon human rights activist and journalist passed away in Lahore on Monday morning aged 90.

Rehman worked as director of HRCP for two decades and was also the group’s secretary-general till 31 December 2016.

Born in Haryana in 1930, he was a distinguished Lahore-based journalist and had a career spanning over 65 years. 

IA Rehman had served as the editor-in-chief of the Pakistan Times from 1988-1990.

During the time of Dhaka fall, split of East Pakistan, he was working as the managing editor of Urdu daily Azad. 

Rehman worked as editor of the Pakistan Times before joining the HRCP in the early 90s, first as director and later as secretary-general.

The services he rendered especially during the Zia regime tenure can not be forgotten, He fiercely and openly opposed the dictatorship of Ziaul Haq from 1978–88, At that time he was working as the executive editor of weekly Viewpoint.

 IA Rehman also authored three books: Jinnah as a Parliamentarian (co-editor), Arts and Crafts of Pakistan, and Pakistan under Siege, a collection of his own columns.

On the news of his sad demise, several politicians, journalists, and other public figures took to Twitter to pay their last respects to the human rights defender. 

Senator Sherry Rehman in a tweet paid tribute to one of Pakistan’s most renowned intellectuals

“Shocked and immeasurably saddened to hear of IA Rehman’s passing from Covid! He was an icon of integrity, standing steadfast for every single fundamental right, every single democratic value in the worst of times. Pakistan will not be the same without him. May he rest in peace,” she said.

The Twitter timeline is flooded with messages on IA Rehman’s death as Pakistan mourns the loss of an icon.



the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.