LAHORE: Second three-day ‘Quaid-e-Azam Book Fair’ kicked off at Quaid-e-Azam Library, Bagh-e-Jinnah on Friday hundreds of book lovers thronged at Bagh-e-Jinnah and shown keen interest in books.

The book fair was organized by Quaid-e-Azam Library in collaboration with Punjab Public Library, Punjab Library Foundation (PLF), Directorate of Public Libraries Punjab, and Government Model Town Library. More than 60 bookstalls of publishers and book sellers were set up at the book fair which attracted number of visitor on opening day including Progressive International book, Vanguard Books, Pakistan Academy of Letters Publishing House, Sagar Publications, Urdu Science Board Publications, Continental Publication House, Pakistan Punjabi Adabi Board, Iqbal Academy Grammar Books, Khalid Book Depot, Nigarshat publishers, Sang-e-Meel Publications and many others. These bookstalls were offering special twenty to fifty percent discount on books for book lovers.

On the occasion, inauguration ceremony was also organized in which Chairman Alhamra Art Council (AAC) Attaul Haq Qasmi, Secretary Punjab Libraries and Archives Orya Maqbool Jan and renown writer, journalist Intizar Hussain , Director General Public Libraries Punjab and Secretary Board of Governors QAL Dr Zaheer Ahmed Babar were present and addressed the participants. While talking to Daily Times a book sellers Waheed told that ‘Number of students have visited his stall since the morning, as next two days are the holidays, number of visitors may be excepted. He added that the increasing number of visitors on book fair are showing that the book still has its importance in society and people loves book reading.

Staff of Continental Publications said that they had displayed around one thousand books featuring 60 to 70 topics politics, religious, socio-economics, novels, poetry, biographies, fiction, non-fictions and many others. The staff urged that need to organized more and more book fairs as this is a way to attract those people who has set themselves away from book reading. Students of different schools also visited the book fair along with their teachers.