By Asif Munir


This grand and magnificent event was hosted on Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7 PM at Hospitality Inn, Egerton Road, Lahore. More than 150 librarians and dignitaries across Pakistan were present during the event. Mr. Hassan Riaz. Meber Provincial Assembly Punjab was the chief guest of the occasion. Prof. Dr. Mugees Uddin Sheikh, a renowned scholar and Dean, Department of Media & Communication Studies, University of Central Punjab, Lahore was guest of the honor. The event started with the recitation of some verses from the Holy Quran by Mr. Azam Shabbir. Mr. Muhammad Asif Munir, Secretary General, PLWO and Chief Librarian, University of Health Sciences, Lahore performed as stage secretary. He introduced participants with the event and thanked them to participate overwhelmingly. After introduction, he requested the first singer to come on the stage and start her performance. She sang some beautiful contemporary ghazals. She presented an entertaining show and received due appreciation from the audience. After more than one hour’s performance, formal part of the event started. Mr. Muhammad Asif Munir invited Dr. Muhammad Ramzan, Director Library, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on the stage to welcome participants. He welcomed the participant and shared that PLWO is spreading happiness and jubilations among the library community of Pakistan through its multifaceted approach. Prof. Dr. Mugees Uddin Sheikh stated that he has seen the new face of librarians who can organize such wonderful gatherings. He also shared that his perceptions about librarians have changed altogether after attending this event. My new perception about librarians is that they are dynamic, vibrant and effective constituent of the society. Ch. Muhammad Nazir, Director General, National Library of Pakistan also came all the way from Islamabad to attend the event. He was very happy that he found a chance to meet past fellows. He shared that such gatherings provide wonderful opportunity of meeting and greeting and these must be continued. He praised PLWO on organizing such a wonderful event. In the end of formal session, Dr. Shahid Soroya, Chief Librarian, Information Technology University and Director, National Center for Academic Integrity shared his views. He thanked participants and organizers. He shared the efforts of PLWO team in establishing the organization and thanked every individual who contributed towards development of the organization. A delicious dinner was served soon after the end of formal session. Then, Ustad Arshad Ali Khan, the lead singer, was requested to perform. He warned the gathering with his stunning performances and received a huge applause and appreciation from the audience. He sang popular ghazals for more than two hours. The event finished in the mid night with note of thanks from the stage secretary.