Islamabad - Governor Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai Monday inaugurated Balochistan Books Corner amid clapping and applause by the academia, faculty members, students and the staff.

The National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research (NIHCR), Centre of Excellence, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, has set up Balochistan Books Corner at its resource centre. While opening the Balochistan Books Corner by cutting the ribbon, Achakzai announced to grant an amount of one million rupees to the NIHCR for further expansion of its library.

The governor had earlier granted an amount of one million rupees to the NIHCR while addressing the concluding session of the three-day International Conference on Balochistan held in Islamabad from April 28-30, 2014. The NIHCR spent the amount on strengthening its library for the greater benefit of the academia, faculty and students.

Addressing the participants, Governor Achakzai said that books bring harmony and peace among the people. Books have been influencing the people and affecting the thinking process, besides changing personalities, he opined.

He lauded the vital role of the NIHCR in conducting research and publishing books on history and culture; thus promoting the book reading among all and sundry.

In his welcome address, NIHCR Director Prof Dr Sayed Waqar Ali Shah briefed the participants about the history of the NIHCR, particularly mentioning its prestigious place during the 1970s. It was initially National Commission on Historical and Cultural Research established in 1973 to promote the history and culture of Pakistan. Due to unexplained reasons the commission was dissolved and the NIHCR was formed later on.

He said the corner is open to scholars, students and researchers, adding that it would play an important role in promoting education, encouraging students and readers, besides strengthening bonds of brotherhood, love and respect among all the communities living in Pakistan.

Dr Waqar assured the participants that Balochistan will be given more importance and within the next couple of years it will not be a neglected subject as regional history would be focused in the due course of time. Vice-Chancellor QAU Dr Javed Ashraf said that the Balochistan Books Corner would provide resources to the academia, researchers, faculty and students to sharpen knowledge, increase connections between the Baloch brethren and scale up understanding of shared values among fellow citizens of the motherland.

Shields were also presented to the governor, the QAU VC and the NIHCR director.

At this occasion, the NIHCR had also arranged a separate books exhibition of its published books.

The books were offered to the buyers at 50 per cent discount. A large number of students and teachers took keen interest in the books.