A virtual seminar was organized recently where the life of Habib Jalib was discussed and his admirers agreed during the seminar that he was a beacon for today’s poets and writers.
The event, titled ‘Sukhn-e-Jalib’, had been organized by Progressive Thoughts International and was attended by thousands of people, including prominent poets, scholars, writers, artists, and journalists from all parts of the world, including Pakistan.
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Chairman of the Jalib Chair Saifullah Saify conducted the seminar.
The chief guest, renowned journalist Hamid Mir, said during the discussion, “There was a mystical aspect to Jalib. A Sufi fears no one but Allah.”
He added that the revolutionary poet was never afraid of the elite because of this spiritual nature.
Mir spoke during the first part of the seminar, which was chaired by human rights activist I.A. Rehman.
“Life of Habib Jalib is a beacon for today’s poets and writers,” he said.
The second part was presided over by Dr. Shah Muhammad Marri.
President of the seminar I.A. Rehman, in his address, said that it was a “fact” that Jalib did not bow down before any dictator or “friendly enemies”.
“Jalib’s voice came from his heart and went to people’s hearts,” said Rehman.
He said that Jalib’s message will guide the people as long as there are exploitation and oppression of the poor in the world.
Poet Iftikhar Arif spoke about Jalib’s broad sense of humor.
Dr. Shah Mohammad Marri, president of the second session of the seminar, said Jalib was ‘a man of the stage’ who used to speak in front of millions of people.
During the seminar, special messages from Zehrah Nigah, renowned lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Anwar Shaoor, and labor leader Abdul Aziz Memon were also played for the audience.
The event also featured a documentary made by renowned poet Javed Saba on Habib Jalib, which moved many participants to tears.