LAHORE - Acting Punjab Governor Rana Muhammad Iqbal has vowed the government will promote education to secure the future of Pakistan.

“Acquiring knowledge is vital for progress and development of any country,” the Punjab University chancellor said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pakistan’s largest book fair at PU Institute of Education and Research (IER) here on Thursday.

Lauding the efforts of PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, he said such book fairs must frequently be organised to promote reading habits in the society. The chancellor was overwhelmed with pleasure to see a huge collection of books on Islam, history, literature and various other topics in the book fair, which is a great opportunity for book lovers.

During his visit, the acting governor took special interest in the books published by PU Department of Press & Publications.

Dr Mujahid Kamran told the media the importance of books would remain intact forever and the charm which was felt in reading a book was not in reading an e-book. He advised the students to master their subjects and adopt reading habits.

Renowned journalist Hassan Nisar and social worker Raja Munawar also visited PU’s Book Fair and congratulated Dr Mujahid Kamran on organising a fruitful academic event.

On the first day of the book fair, a large number of people thronged book stalls and purchased books of their interest on reasonable rates. PU Registrar Prof Dr Liaqat Ali, Principal University Law College Prof Dr Shazia Qureshi, Resident Officer 1 Prof Dr Sajid Rashid, President Academic Staff Association Prof Dr Hasan Mobeen Alam, Chief Librarian Haseeb Ahmed Paracha, senior journalists, doctors, lawyers, students and people from all walks of life were present on the occasion.

Up to 70 percent discount is being provided in the book fair. The book fair will continue till Saturday April 4.