Karachi: 13th Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) 2017 was inaugurated by Nasir Hussain Shah- Minister for Information, Labour and Transport Sindh on Thursday at Karachi Expo Center.
At this occasion, he said that improvement in law and order situation in the city eased different organizations to organize fruitful events and activities in Karachi. He praised KIBF organizer, Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBA) for promoting soft image of Pakistan, all over the world.
Satyapal Anand, a renowned author addressing the gathering said the book cannot be called older, but it always gives the readers a new message whenever it is re-read. He highlighted the fact that book-reading culture was not reduced in the nations which called themselves ‘developed and civilised’ where internet facilities were present everywhere.
Javaid Jabbar, Former information minister and an able writer said the nation is witnessing the lack of research in different sectors. He urged the students, especially youth, to adopt the habit of research. Jabbar completely rejected the thought regarding reduction in book reading among people, saying that statistics showed the contrary details.
Qazi Asad Abid, a noted politician-turn-journalist urged the organizers to organize such events in other parts of the country, especially in Hyderabad.
The function was also addressed by renowned writers and journalists, including Mahmood Shaam, and Ovais Mirza Jameel. The event was also attended by columnist Zahida Hina, educator Anwaar Ahmedzai, Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, renowned poet Sahar Ansari and a large number of authors, poets and specialists of different sectors.
The book fair has a direct participation of 10 and representation of 07 other countries; publishers from Iran, India, Turkey, Singapore, China, Malaysia, England, UAE and other countries are taking part in the international event.
Karachi International Book Fair will continue from 07-11 December at the Karachi Expo Center from 10 am till 09 pm. It is being held in the hall number 1, 2 and 3, where books of all genres and on all topics are displayed in over 330 stalls.
Karachi International Book Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the cultural and literary calendar of the Metropolis. It provides an opportunity to the book- lovers to find the books of their choices in the pools of millions of books on all topics, as well as, the big discount, according to the organizers, up to 70 per cent on some books, pulled Karachiites to Karachi Expo Center at KIBF.