Karachi-Sindh Provincial Minister for Health Dr. Azra Pechuhu, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Former Minister for Industry and Trade Siddiqui and other prominent personalities on Friday visited the 16th Karachi International Book Fair 2021 at Expo Centre and urged the need to promote reading culture.

 

 

Talking to media, Dr Azra Pechuhu said that the interest in reading books on mobile and tablet is increasing in the society but the pleasure in reading books on hardcopy is not in reading on computer or mobile. She asked the students to prefer books over internet.

 

The Provincial Minister for Health said that the trend of book reading is coming to an end in our country but the International Book Fair is playing an important role in increasing the trend of book reading.

 

She said that the fun of reading with a book in hand is not in modern technology.

 

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that International Book Fair is a big answer for the enemies of Karachi. “The prosperity of this city is linked to the prosperity of 220 million people of the country,” he added.

 

He said that the colors of this city are the colors of whole Pakistan. “We should all raise our hands and pray for the prosperity of this city and restoration of real Karachi,” the MQM-P convener said.

 

Former Minister for Industry and Trade Siddiqui said that one should not rely on modern technology all the time as if for some reason the digital system of the world shuts down then the power system will come to a standstill and we will have to go back to books.

 

Rauf Siddiqui said on that if for some reason the digital game is over, then only these books will be left which will provide you guidance

 

He said that he always participates in the International Book Fair and paid homage to the management which organizes such a wonderful book fair every year.

 

 

Aziz Khalid, Chairman Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association, Waqar Matin Khan, Convener of Karachi International. Book Fair, Nasir Hussain, Deputy Convener, Nadeem Mazhar, M. Iqbal Ghaziani, Iqbal Saleh Mohammad, Nadeem Akhtar, Kamran Noorani and Saleem Abdul Hussain were also present on the second day of the five-day Karachi International Book Fair 2021 at Karachi Expo Center.

 

The second day of Karachi International Book Fair 2021 also saw the arrival of various political, religious, social and literary personalities and diplomats from different countries. Prominent personalities visiting the exhibition expressed keen interest in their favorite books while the expo center was packed with large numbers of citizens.

 

Thousands of students from schools, colleges and madrassas were seen buying books. Children’s book stalls were crowded while women also took interest in books based on domestic issues and ideas.

 

Sindh Health Minister Azra Pecho and Member National Assembly and MQM-P Chief Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui visited the book stalls.

 

The management had also posted a list of publishers participating in the exhibition with stall numbers outside the three halls of the Expo Center for guidance of the citizens. Pakistan Red Crescent Society ambulance was also present at the Expo Center. Law enforcement agencies have also been alerted to ensure the safety of visitors to the expo center.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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