Revolutionary Urdu poet Habib Jalib remembered


Death anniversary of renowned and distinguished revolutionary Urdu poet Habib Jalib was observed here on Monday.
The legend Habib Jalib was born on March 24, 1928 in a village near Hoshiarpur, India. He migrated to Pakistan after partition.
He was a progressive writer and soon started to grab the audience with his enthusiastic recitation of poetry. He wrote in plain language, adopted a simple style and addressed common people and issues. But the conviction behind his words, the music of his voice and his emotional energy coupled with the sensitivity of the socio-political context was what stirred the audience. He was one of the most celebrated Pakistani revolutionary Urdu poets of 20th century.
Habib Jalib was a left wing activist and politician and was a faithful democrat who opposed martial law, totalitarianism and state oppression.
Jalib spent most of his life in jail and rest on streets. He was a progressive thinker and politician who supported restoration of democracy during the period of military rule in Pakistan and had been confined for his views.
He was one of the most popular poet speaking the common people’s dialect and was very famous due to his ghazals and loud voice of conflict against dictatorship and established order in Pakistan.
The poetry of Habib Jalib can be divided into two parts first comprises ghazals composed during the period when Jalib had chosen to keep a somewhat low profile. The intensity of his protest became gradually louder in his ghazals and nazams but melody remained indifferent.
He bravely confronted first martial law of Ayub Khan. He wrote his famous poem “Dastoor” which is the landmark in the history of Pakistan’s political struggle and became a glowing symbol of protest literature.
He died on 12th March 1993 at the age of 65 years.


  1. He was a great poet, a stalwart, self respecting and spokesman of poor lot. He stood firmly against all tyrannical rules and injustice. He uttered what his heart felt and what he thought was true, timely, appropriate and right. His hand was on the pulse of time. He died as a poor person and ows a lot to the nation.

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