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Karachi

December 6, 2017

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Five-day book fair starts tomorrow

The managing committee of the Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) on Tuesday announced that 33 exhibitors from 10 countries would be directly participating in the 13th KIBF, whereas seven more countries would also be represented at the book fair.
The five-day annual event, organised by the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association, will run from December 7 (tomorrow) till December 11 at the Karachi Expo Centre. Publishers from Iran, India, Turkey, Singapore, China, Malaysia, England, UAE and other countries would be attending the international event.
These details were shared by the convener of the 13th KIBF, Owais Mirza Jamil, and PPBA chief, Aziz Khalid, at a press conference held on Tuesday. The officials expressed their gratitude to publishers and booksellers for participating in the fair and hoped that this year, as in the past, a record breaking number of visitors would attend the event.
Jamil said the book fair would be held in halls number 1, 2 and 3 of the Expo Centre and that all genres of books on all kinds of topics would be displayed at over 330 stalls. Ejaz Shah, KIBF Advisor Business Development, said this year’s event will be remarkable and distinctive as efforts are being made to establish effective working relationship with key international book fair organisers, leading towards an exchange of professional expertise for highlighting the importance of book fairs at the national and international levels.
“Fairs are not only book exhibits any more. International book fairs are very important forums for not only the publishers but also for government agencies and missions; they serve as an effective tool for diplomacy.”
He further elaborated that such events also underline the commitment to the propagation of knowledge by highlighting values of humanism and ethics that promote tolerance, discussions and open mindedness in a civilised society.
PPBA chairman Khalid said around 500,000 people were expected to visit

the 13th KIBF. Various book launchings and book release ceremonies will also be held for notable writers during the fair, while drawing, recitation, extempore speech and quiz contests would also be held for kids. The event will be inaugurated by Sindh Minister for Information, Labour and Transport Nasir Hussain Shah; he will also be the event’s guest of honour.

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