Books bring harmony, peace to minds: Intizar Hussain

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ISLAMABAD: Renowned writer Intizar Hussain on Thursday said that books bring harmony, peace and softness in the minds of the people. Addressing the concluding ceremony of 5th National Book Day at Pak-China Centre, he said that book was “a cause of ultimate peace in our country”.He said that books have been influencing the people, and affecting the thinking process besides changing personalities.“A book can set the minds to the direction of peace, not only in our country but also in the world and this is our ultimate goal,” he added. He said that book reading is a healthy habit, useful for getting knowledge and for progress in each field of life.He lauded the vital role of the National Book Foundation (NBF) in the promotion of book reading as it held the 5th National Book Day in a befitting manner. Large number of people, students, teachers, book-lovers, prominent writers, artists and children attended the ceremony. Known writer of Urdu literature Ataul Haq Qasmi attended the event. NBF Managing Director Inamul Haq thanked the participants of the event and expressed deep gratitude to all those who helped in managing the event. More than one hundred stalls were set up by publishers, printers and booksellers of new and old books.A wide variety of books was purchased by the book-lovers from the stalls who showed their keen interest in book reading, which was the main aim of the celebration of the National Book Day. People from all fields and different age groups, particularly youth and students, availed this opportunity of purchasing books at one spot and under one roof. People appreciated the steps taken by the National Book Foundation in dissemination of knowledge by organising this three-day event.Keeping in view the interest of book-lovers, NBF arranged more than thirty segments, mainly with the aim to encourage the habit of book reading, including Live with Legends, Peace Conference, Qissa Khawani on Folk stories of Pakistani languages, Kitab Kahani, Overseas Pakistani Writers Corner, Braille Books, Big Book Reading, Aik Pall-Multiple, Chaaey Khana, Space Technology Programme, Book Castle, Youthful Book Session, Gogi Show, Book Walk, Language Laboratory, Model Library, Big Book Video Display, NBF Readers Club membership and Lucky Book Draw.Book was the central point of each segment. A large number of people attended these segments with deep interest. They particularly enjoyed Live with Legends, evening with well-known writer Atau Haq Qasmi on first day and famous personality Zia Mohyeddin on the second day of the event. The people took keen interest in getting NBF Readers Club membership, through which they would be able to buy books from specific bookshops on discounted rates. The NBF lucky draw segment was very popular among the visitors. The draw was held everyday after every two hours and provided the winner Rs 2,000 coupon to purchase free-of-cost books. This segment attracted a large number of people. 

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