LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment Chaudhry Muhammad Shafiq has said that the existence of libraries is a proof of live nations and promotion of knowledge is the only way to cope with terrorism, illiteracy and all other problems.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of two-day international conference on Champions of Libraries at Environmental Law Auditorium here on Monday. PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, Rector UMT Lahore Prof Dr Hassan Suhaib Murad, Rector GIFT university Gujranwala Prof Dr Qaiser Shehryar Durrani, VC Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology Prof Dr Salim-ur-Rehman, Registrar University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad Dr Naeem Qureshi, UET Lahore Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Muad, FCC University Lahore Prof Wasif Mumtaz Khan, President Indian Library Association India Dr D V Sing and President Indian LIS Teachers Association India Prof Dr Jagtar Sing were also present on the occasion.

Shafiq said that the Punjab government was taking all-out steps for promotion of knowledge in the province. He said that because of our distance from books, the nation was not progressing at the pace which it should be.

PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran said that knowledge was a must for respectable survival in the world. He said that around 1/8 part of Holy Quran stressed to resolve the mysteries of universe which reflected that how much the knowledge was important to Allah. He said that the basic purpose of the universities was to create new knowledge and libraries played important role in this regard. He appealed the government to provide books on subsidized rates.

Pakistan Libraries Association President Ch Hanif said that the purpose of the conference was to provide a platform to the librarians and get benefit from experiences of each others. He thanked PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran for his support for organizing the conference. President PLA Punjab Dr Ramzan said that librarians had important role to save history but librarians were facing problems. He said that we must work hard in the fields of education and information for putting the country on the road to progress. He appealed the govt to spread a vast network of libraries at school, college and union council level. Around 30 research papers are being presented in the conference. The moot will continue on Tuesday.