LAHORE - A four-day book fair organised by Quaid-e-Azam Library, Jinnah Garden kicked off on Thursday.

On the inaugural ceremony, scholars, writers, poets and government officials besides a large number of visitors were present. The fair was inaugurated by Punjab Archives and Libraries Orya Maqbool Jan while Punjab Public Libraries DG Dr Zaheer Ahmed Babar was also present. On the occasion, Orya said that media should play its due to promote book reading habit and the highlight the importance of the books.

On the occasion, publishers from Karachi, Islamabad as well as Lahore setup stalls of books on the various topics. Orya said that fair was aimed at to promote book reading habit and to provide recreational opportunity to the public.

In connection with the book fair, a seminar titled ‘Importance of library—development and problems’ was also organized which was participated by more than 100 librarians of the various libraries of the country.  More than 60 stalls of books have been setup to provide books on discounted rates. The fair would be continued till October 06. 

On the second day (today) a drawing and painting competition would be held among the youngsters. A speech competition on the topics ‘our social values’, ‘the journey of Pakistan’s 66 years’ and ‘book—beloved guide’ would also be held today (Friday). On third day of the fair a special program ‘Teachers’ Day’ would be held. On last day of the fair (Sunday) a collection of columns of Saeed Aasi, written for daily Nawa-i-Waqt, titled ‘Kab Raaj Karay Gi Khalq-e-Khuda’ would be launched. The book launching ceremony would be presided over by Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rasheed while former foreign minister Mian Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri would be chief guest.

Speakers include The Nation Editor Salim Bokhari, Mujib-ur-Rahman Shami, Liaqat Baloch, Allama Ayaz Zaheer Hashmi, Iftikhar Majaaz, Senator Jahangir Badar, Ajmal Niazi, Raf Tahir, and others.  A mehfil-e-mushaira would also be organized on the last day.