Knight, not pawn: Habib Jalib Baloch —Dr Mohammad Taqi
More striking than Habib Jalib’s flowing long hair was his political maturity that was certainly beyond his years. This transition from a student politician to a statesman is rather rare in our part of the world
“Aiy haak ki may nagrin qawm e jis o gor int,
Aiy haak a pa maa taah e jatag shaklein zinday” — Mir Gul Khan Nasir.
“This soil has been our home, after death it has been our grave,
So, for evermore, I am this soil’s slave.”
In the parlance of nationalist movements in Pakistan, the motherland (watan) has often been described as the place where one’s home and grave are (kor and gor, respectively in Pashto, for example). The Baloch revolutionary poet Gul Khan Nasir’s above verse, however, took the concept to a new height. And in his death, on July 15, 2010, Comrade Habib Jalib Baloch immortalised the verse, the concept and the struggle that is befitting of this ideal.
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