ISLAMABAD:(APS)May 23, 2016-Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has said that Jalib’s poetry was against corruption and for a society where there is rule of law and constitutional supremacy. He further said that today the gulf between have and have nots has increased.
He was speaking as chief guest of a ceremony held to pay tribute to revolutionary poet Habib Jalib at Lok Virsa on Monday evening. Chairman Senate said that Pakistani society today depicts unequal distribution of wealth and such a society was neither Quaid’s dream nor Jalib’s.
Mian Raza Rabbani said that Pakistan, the federation, today stands on the crossroads where all the roads but one lead to destruction. He said that the middle class, civil society and labor class need to question the elite about their due rights, otherwise the consequences that follow will be for you and your generation to pay.
Chairman senate said that politics, struggle and literature have lost their connection and the resultant vacuum has created materialism. He said that Jalib identified his poetry with the victimized class of Pakistani society. The civil society and political workers stood up against the dictatorship of Ayub and Zia because they found inspiration in Jalib. Today political parties have scattered and workers demoralized as there is no inspiration.
Mian Raza Rabbani said that even law in today’s Pakistan is discriminatory and there are five different scales for implementation of law for the military elite, civil elite, bureaucracy, collaborators and for Jalib’s citizens.
Former senator Afrasayab Khattak recalled his days in jail with Habib Jalib and said that his poetry was part of our ideological manifesto and his message became the message of youth’s resistance. He said that even people with no knowledge of Urdu used to attend his gatherings.
Mir Hasil Bazinjo said that when he was a student in 1980s, there was hardly any student of Baloch Student Organisation who did not know Jalib and if one student started reading Jalib’s verses, everyone came along.
Mujahid Barelvi, who cherishes along and old relationship with Habib Jalib narrated his poems with historical references to them. From the popularity of his poem ‘dastoor’ to his gatherings at Murree Club and from his voice against the army operation in East Pakistan to his poems of last days, the historical account made the audience go back in history.
The ceremony met its climax when Jalib’s daughter Tahira Jalib read out the poem dastoor in the same way, his father did. The ceremony also witnessed the first ever Habib Jalib courage award being given to women rights activist Nasreen Azhar and a classical performance on one of Jalib’s poems.