Revolutionary poet, Habib Jalib remembered

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ISLAMABAD

Revolutionary poet, Habib Jalib, was remembered on the occasion of his 25th death anniversary on Monday. Ceremonies were held across the country during which speakers and poets paid tributes to the poet Jalib, who gave a new direction to the poetry and raised affective voice against the violators of basic rights of the people.

Jalib was born at a village near India’s Hoshiarpur on March 24, 1928. He migrated to Pakistan after the partition.

He was among the most reputable poets in the country, who openly criticised martial law dictators and expressed democratic views through his literary works for which he was imprisoned several times.

His social and political poetry addressed issues common of people. He is remembered as Shayir-e-Awam (people’s poet) and Shayir-e-Inqilab (poet of revolution) due to the rebellious nature of his poetry.

Jalib used to captivate the audiences with his unique style of poetry reciting. A great political and social activist of his time, some of his famous literary works include Zulmat Ko Zia, Watan ko Kuch Nahi Khatra, Main Ne Uss Se Yeh Kaha and Aisay Dastoor Ko.

Dastoor was written against ex-field martial General Ayub Khan in the 60s while he had criticised former army chief General Zia-ul-haq in his poem Zulmat ko Zia in the late 70s. He passed away on 12 March 1993.

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