Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Record number of 290 stalls being set up in Karachi International Book Fair 2011

Jumbo Editorial Team

A record number of 290 stalls are being set up in the 7th Karachi International Book Fair 2011which will be held at the traditional venue of Expo Centre in Gulshan-e-Iqbal where more than 250,000 visitors are expected this time round.

The announcement in this regard was made by Owais Mirza Jamil, Convener, KIBF, in the media briefing held at Hotel Pearl Continental on December 14. The foreign participation was being expected from India, Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Turkey.

“The KIBF 2011 will be the biggest-ever publishing and bookselling event of the country yet with 290 stalls to be spread over three halls of the spacious Expo Centre. Besides the foreign participants there will be presence of the outstation exhibitors who have shown great enthusiasm,” he disclosed.

Aziz Khalid, Chairman, Pakistan Publishers & Booksellers Association (PPBA), added that the Indian contingent will be the biggest from abroad while quite a few leading names from Lahore have already arrived with their giant containers loaded with books of all kinds.

He acknowledged the support of the National Book Foundation (NBF), an organ of the Ministry of Education, Government of Pakistan, besides thanking the Pakistan Library Association (PLA) for having come on board to accomplish their mutual objective of promoting book culture in the country.

The Managing Committee of the 7th KIBF 2011 comprises of Owais Mirza Jamil (Elite Publishers), Waqar Matin Khan (Emkay Books), Ahsan Jaffri (Say Publishing), Aziz Khalid (Urdu Academy), Iqbal Saleh Mohammad (Paramount Books), Kamran Noorani (Pakistan Law House), Khawar Iftikhar (Nafees Academy), Mohammad Iqbal Gaziani (Progressive International Agencies), Mohammad Nadeem Akhtar (Children Book Shop), Nadeem Mazhar (Sindhi Kitab Ghar), Saleem Abdul Hussain (Liberty Books) and Syed Nasir Hussain (Publishers Marketing Associates).

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