LAHORE The 18th death anniversary of a revolutionary poet Habib Jalib would be observed in all major cities of the country especially in Lahore on Sunday (today). However, some literary circles commemorated his death anniversary on Saturday but according to the family of late poet he died on March 13, 1993. Tahira Habib Jalib, daughter of Habib Jalib, told TheNation that they would organise a major ceremony at Alhamra Hall today which would be presided over by Begum Jalib whereas Abid Hassan Manto and SM Zafar will be the special guests on the occasion. Popular music band 'Laal Band will sing the famous poems of Jalib to pay tribute to him. A book on Habib Jalib titled 'Men Aaon Ga Ehd-e-Hasen Ki Soorat Men by Rakhshanda Habib Jalib, daughter of late poet, will also be launched on the occasion. Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Lahore chapter held a sitting on Saturday to commemorate the death of Habib Jalib. The sitting was presided over by Masood Ashar and addressed by Aslam Gurdaspuri, PAL Director Altaf Qureshi, Ahmed Aqeel Robi, Prof Jawwad, Shahid Bokhari and Rakhshanda Habib Jalib. On the occasion, the speakers said Jalib was the poet of people who always wrote on the issues facing by the common masses especially poor and depressed segments of the society. They said he had command on language and expressions. They further said he was a man of principles who never compromised on his ideology and due to which he faced hardships and imprisonment all his life. Later, Prof Jawwad sung famous poems of Jalib. Another ceremony was held at South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) to pay tribute to him on Friday. The ceremony was addressed Abid Hasan Manto, Shehzad Ahmed, IA Rehman and others. They said that Jalib became the voice of public against the dictatorship. They said Gen Ayub Khan wanted to celebrate his ten-year rule when Jalib began to agitate through his poetry and fought for democracy. They said that Jalib knew that how to motivate public into action and his poetry was still relevant. Even though Jalib was a political poet, his poetry was also technically masterful, they added. He was born on March 24, 1928 in Habib Ahmed, Hoshiarpur. He migrated to Pakistan after partition and worked as a proof-reader in Daily Imroze. Jalib was also a political activist who worked with the Communist Party of Pakistan, and later joined the NAP when the CPP was banned. Jalib was imprisoned during the martial law regime of Ayub Khan because of his defiant views on Ayub Khans capitalistic policies.