KARACHI - Karachi University (KU) Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Iraqi on Saturday invited people to arrange book fairs and other such related activities at different faculties of the university in order to facilitate both students and the teachers.

Speaking after inaugurating the first-ever, two-day ‘Literature Festival for Healthcare Professionals 2016’ here at a private club in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, he said,

“I am glad that the first-ever literature festival has been arranged for doctors and their families in Karachi. On this occasion, I invite you to hold such festivals at every faculty of the University to facilitate students and the faculty.”

Hundreds of doctors and their families as well as common people, especially children, went round various stalls at the festival, organised by Jahan-e-Maseeha Adabi Forum (JMAF), and purchased books worth thousands of rupees, which were being offered at a huge discount ranging from 40 to 50 percent.

KU VC said it was commendable that a literary forum was trying to reestablish the link between doctors and their families with books. “Otherwise they are being taken abroad by the pharmaceutical companies, which is seen as an unethical practice all around the world. We would provide all the logistics to the Jahan-e-Maseeha Adabi Forum to hold such festivals in each of our faculties at KU. We would be glad to host such events as well as other literary activities,” he offered.

Commenting on the presence of a large number of families and children at the festival, he said children visiting the book fair with their parents would keep their link and friendship with the books for their whole life and hoped that other literary bodies and organisations would follow this tradition.

“Students of varsities and colleges always remain in search of good books on fair and affordable prices, and if such festivals are arranged regularly in Karachi, we would be able to put our generation back on the way to progress and prosperity,” he added.

“Renowned Poet Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, Dr Sahar Ansari, Dr Ejaz Vohra, Dr Aneesuddin Bhatti and several other prominent literary facilities would visit the festival on Sunday,” organisers said.