PESHAWAR: Around 50,000 people visited the three-day annual book fair that concluded at University of Agriculture here on Thursday.
The book fair was arranged by Islami Jamiat Talaba. The organizers had made arrangements to attract book lovers to titles on variety of topics.
Around 50,000 visitors turned up at the event and showed keen interest in fiction, philosophy, history, entrepreneurship, climate change, earth science and world bestsellers.
Students and teachers from 400 private and public sectors educational institutions from Mardan, Nowshera, Charasadda and Peshawar visited the annual event.
Stalls of traditional food and garments also attract people
Kaleemullah, provincial chief of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT), chaired the concluding session.
He asked students to develop taste for reading books and promote healthy activities on the campus.
Local writers, research scholars and academicians also attended the last day of the book fair.
IJT spokesperson Owais Khan told this scribe that turnout of girl students remained 40 per cent higher than the previous year owing to safe environment around the venue of the event.
He said that there was no restriction on authors of any particular political propensity or otherwise.
He added that publishers, booksellers and private publication houses were asked to display titles on wide range of topics and disciplines.
“Today’s reader wants to read something new as fast changes are being occurred every moment in every walk of life.
“Therefore, university students are provided an open platform where different works by authors of various schools of thoughts are displayed. No restriction is there on books and authors. We believe in the sanctity of written words,” Asfandyar Rabbani, IJT nazim for campus said.
Moneeza Shah, a student, stated that it was hard for girls to purchase books from market.
She said that such events on campus provided a rare opportunity to girl students to buy books of their choices within a safe environment under one roof.
She said that stalls of traditional foods and garments drew visitors in droves.
Akbar Shinwari, a private publisher who had set up a bookstall at the fair, said that books were available at 50 per cent discount.
He said that it encouraged most visitors to buy books. If sponsored, local authors and publishers would get a better chance to market innovative ideas and concepts, especially titles on art, culture and literature, he added.
Published in Dawn, November 25th, 2022