He died on March 12 in 1993.
Jalib is among the most well known poets of the country who openly criticized dictators and expressed democratic views through his literary works for which he was imprisoned several times. His social and political poetry addressed common people and issues.
Jalib was born on March 24, 1928 in a village near Hoshiarpur in India. He migrated to Pakistan after the partition of India and worked as a proofreader for Daily `Imroze’ of Karachi.
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.
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.
His famous collections include Ser-e-Maqtal, Zikr Behte Khoon Ka, Gumbad-e-Bedar and Kulyaat-e-Habib Jalib.
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.
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 criticized former army chief General Zia-ul-Haq in his poem `Zulmat ko Zia’ in the late 70s.