KARACHI  - “The banned religious outfits have started to take advantage of events Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) by spreading their political literature in the 9th KIBF, being organised at Karachi Expo Centre.

The government must take action against the activists of these groups who are freely working and trying to get the attention of citizens towards their political agenda,” a number of citizens told The Nation on Sunday, as they found the activists of banned outfits everywhere in the Expo centre trying to get notice of the visitors.

On the other hand, taking the advantage of holiday, more than 150,000 people on Sunday attended the 9th Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) 2013 being held at Karachi Expo Centre from December 5 to 09, 2013. The citizen praised the act of the Pakistan Publishers and Book Sellers Association (PPBA) for organising such a useful and wonderful educational event in the metropolis.

A representative of a renowned publisher, declined to be named, said that some miscreants belonging to banned outfits trying to take control of this great event so that they can obtained their political agenda.

He condemned the pressure by the banned outfit on the administration to get Iranian book stalls closed. 

Talking about the trade activities in the book fair, Chairman PPBA Aziz Khalid said that this year the trade of the books has broken all previous record.

“Dozens of public and private schools have rushed towards the Karachi International Book Fair, hundreds of students were found enjoying with the variety of books. Thousands of citizens have visited book stalls on the fourth day of the international event, while schools students were in big numbers among the visitors.

As many as 320 stalls have been setup in the fair, while international publishers from USA, India, Iran, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, UAE and England are attending the international event, organised by organized by Pakistan Publishers and Book Sellers Association (PPBA).

Citizens, said that the international book fair is strong to respond to the destructive and inhuman acts of the terrorists and extremists operating in the country.

President Peak Private Schools’ Association Haider Ali said that the event in the city is a gift for citizens who are suffering from rising crime of extortion, kidnapping for ransom, targeted killings, suicide bombing etc.