KARACHI - Sindh Minister of Information and Transport, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Thursday said that betterment in law and order situation of metropolis eased organisation of each kind of fruitful events in Karachi.

Shah praised concrete efforts of law enforcement agencies who delivered sacrifices to establish long-lasting peacefulness in the economic hub of Pakistan.

Provincial minister expressed these views while addressing inauguration ceremony of the five-day Karachi International Book Fair 2017 held at Expo Centre. He praised KIBF organisers who made step forward to better soft image of Pakistan across the globe.

While noticing crowd of local and international participants, Shah said successfulness of the mega book exhibition showed enhancement of book reading culture. Later, the provincial minister officially inaugurated the event by cutting a ribbon.

Addressing the ceremony renowned writer Satyapal Anand said that the fascinating event gave message commencement of book culture. He was of the view that book cannot be called older but it always gave the readers a new message whenever it got re-read. He highlighted the facts that book reading culture was not reduced in the nation called themselves ‘developed and cilivised’ where internet facilities were present everywhere.

Former information minister and writer, Javaid Jabbar, said the book fair played a vital role to foreground importance of book reading. He said that the nation is witnessing lack of researches in different sectors. He urged students especially youth to adopt habit of research. Jabbar completely rejected the thought regarding reduction in book reading among nationals, saying that statistics showed contrary details. He reminded a US-based research that showed visible hike in books’ printing after major increase in book reading culture.

The occasion was also addressed by renowned writers and journalists including Mehmood Sham, Qazi Asad Abid and Ovais Mirza Jameel. The event was also attended by columnist ZahidHina, educator Anwar Ahmedzai, Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, renowned poet Seher Ansari and a large number of authors, poets and specialists of different sectors.

Meanwhile, a large number of citizens especially students visited the book fair. The organiser sharing the details informed that about 330 stalls were installed at the event while the exhibition is being participated by renowned publishers from Iran, India, Turkey, Singapore, China, Malaysia, United Kingdom (UK), United Arab Emirates (UAE) and many others countries.

Many writers, poets, social and political personalities, who attended the event, praised efforts of organisers for spreading culture of books across the Karachi. They unanimously termed the effort as milestone to rich image of the metropolis on international level. They stated that such activities should be encouraged by any organisers who mobilises all facilities for encouraging students to develop a habit of book reading.

The event was also attended by school goers while special public attraction was seen in books translated in various languages including Urdu, Sindhi, Persian, Punjabi, Gujrati while a huge collection of books and magazines in English and Urdu were also attracted a large number of attendants.