LAHORE: Annual book fair organised by the Punjab University at its New Campus concluded on Saturday while organisers have claimed that over 78,000 books were sold in first two days of the fair on Thursday and Friday.
Thousands of people from all walks of life, including a large number of families, thronged the venue and bought books of their interest. In concluding hours, booksellers started offering up to 50 percent discount because of which extraordinary surge in sale of books was witnessed.
Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain, PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran, renowned writers, including Attaul Haq Qasmi, Intizar Hussain, Hafeezullah Niazi, Dr Ajmal Niazi and Sohail Warraich, and popular comedian Sohail Ahmed Azizi were among those who visited the fair.
Tanveer Hussain urged the media to play its role in creating awareness, especially among youths, regarding importance of books in order to help them develop reading habit.
He congratulated VC Dr Kamran on organising the book fair regularly, thus providing an opportunity to book lovers to purchase books on discounted prices.
Intizar Hussain said that book fairs played important role in promotion of literary and co-curricular activities and courtesy of such book fairs, art and literature could be promoted in society. Qasmi said that we were just pessimist about the new generation that it was not taking interest in book reading but today’s great rush of people was itself a testimony to the fact that the new generation was still connected to books.
Sohail Warraich said that books help refine personality of the reader. He said that importance of books was still intact in this age of information technology Hafeezullah Niazi said that our society was collectively far away from books and that such book fairs must be organised regularly in order to strengthen people’s friendship with books. He urged the people to develop reading habit, especially when they are travelling.
Azizi said that in any society, book carries the same significance heart carries in a body. He said that if one does not take care of his heart, he cannot survive.
Ajmal Niazi said that we must revive book-reading culture in our society as importance of books always remains intact.
Some students from Balochistan also visited the book fair. They called on VC Dr Kamran and presented him a bouquet and a traditional turban.
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