Karachi–Despite the saying that ‘Book is a true friend’ Pakistan is assumed as a country where book reading culture is at its sharp decline. Hence, in order to promote book reading culture, Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBA) in collaboration with had launched the five-day 11th Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF), here at Expo center, on Thursday.

According to details, five-day KIBF is continued from November 12 to 16 with around 330 book stalls set by 10 International and 140 national publishers, in which more than 50, 000 books will be displayed whereas, the fair is considered as the biggest book fair of the country. As many as, 450,000 visitors are expected in five days of the event.

Turkish Consulate General–Morat M Anort, Chairman PPBA–Aziz Khalid; Convener KIBF–Owais Jameel Mirza and other dignitaries graced the event with their presence whereas, Federal Opposition Leader–Khursheed Ahmad Shah was invited as the chief guest.

While addressing the occasion, Khursheed Shah said that, holding such events is a positive sign and this type of events must be held in Rural parts of the country, which will aware the people with knowledge hidden in books

“Education sector in our country has always been deprived of its deserved rights and importance, which is the main reason that Pakistani nation is not recalled as an educated nation”

“Book reading culture is at its decline in our country, statistical figures of the record conducted for book reading rate is much less than that of population rate, which is un satisfactory” Shah added

Qazi Asad Abid, while addressing the occasion said that, strength of this Book Fair is increasing yearly, which shows that Pakistan wants to uplift its literacy rate.

Turkish Consulate General said “When I came here (Karachi) four years back, I observed the bad law and order situation, but now it is well managed and I observed harmonious society. For the first time, Turkey is participating in KIBF, there are 43 Turkish books translated in Urdu language, I hope Pakistanis will like the books as the Turkish serials are getting prominent viewership”

In the end on the occasion, Owais Mirza told that various Public and Private academic institutions are invited to visit the fair, as every year we are hoping a big number of academy’s visit in this book fair. While concluding the event, bouquets and traditional Ajrak were presented as a tribute to the renowned notables.