On the 3rd day of the Intentional Book Fair at Expo Center Karachi, thousands of visitors attended the event while the number of visitors is increasing day by day despite winter vacations are being observed at educational institutes across the city.
The five-day exhibition will continue till January 3. According to the KIBF managing committee, the event has so far attracted around half a million visitors while it is expected that more than half a million book lovers will the book fair in the next two days.
Among the visitors, the majority were school kids and women. However, the number of religious seminaries’ students was also significant. Out of the 300 bookstalls which have been set up in the major three halls of the expo center, around 35 percent of total sell religious books.
Also, literary and social personalities were present there.
The Federal Minister for Information Technology Aminul Haq also visited the KIBF. On the occasion while to media, he said that he will raise his voice at every forum for tax exemption on textbook paper. “I am ready to cooperate with administration for organizing book fairs in other provinces”
He assured the management of the Intentional Book Fair of his full support and said that he was ready to play his role in overcoming the difficulties being faced by the KIBF managing committee for organizing book fairs in Islamabad and other provinces of the country.
The minister said that organizing book fairs is a good tradition. “Even in this modern age, there is no alternative to reading books,” he added. In response to a question, he said that our textbooks contain information about national heroes Allama Iqbal, Quaid-e-Azam and it should be so. “I will buy political books today so that if I travel to Islamabad or somewhere I can read the book,” he added.
The representatives of various private school associations also visited the exhibition. The Central President of All Private School Management Association Sindh Tariq Shah said that despite the introduction of modern technology in our lives, the interest in books has not diminished.
Shah said that a large number of people are coming to the book fair, adding that it showed that the interest in reading books is not over yet. “More such fairs should be organized to increase the interest of children in reading books. This is a good tradition,” he added.