Lok Virsa hosted an event to pay tribute to poet and political activist Habib Jalib on Monday which was attended by politicians, poets and close friends of the late poet.
Speakers at the event talked about the struggles of the poet and said he was a progressive writer who always made his opinion about the social issues in the country known.
A short film by the name of “Habib Jalib” was also screened along with recitations of poetry and comments by Mujahid Barelvi, who has authored two books about the late poet. Indu Mitha’s group also put on a dance performance.
Close friends shared memories of the late poet with former Senator Afrasiab Khattak talking about the time he was in jail with Habib Jalib.
“People loved him because his poetry raised issues faced by common people, poor people who were wronged at every stage of life,” he said.
The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who are not well versed in Urdu, are also great admirers of Jalib because he wrote in a simple language and adopted a simple style, he said.
Also present at the event was Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani who said: “Jalib was an institution in himself.”
He had a strong connection with the poor in the country and used to identify himself with those suffering. He would talk about the rights of people without fear of rulers and never compromised on his rules.
The Senate chairman said the late poet took a stance against the dictatorships of Ayub Khan and Ziaul Haq and also motivated the masses for the restoration of democracy. He served as motivation for political workers, he said, and that “we can feel the absence of that kind of motivation now” “Today`s Pakistan is not Jalib’s Pakistan where the law varies for different people,” he said.
Lok Virsa Executive Director Dr Fouzia Saeed said that the event was part of Lok Virsa’s efforts towards preserving, documenting and promoting cultural heritage.
Tahira Jalib, daughter of Habib Jalib, was also presented at the event in Islamabad on Monday.