400,000 likely to visit annual book fair as grand event starts

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The 17th Karachi International Book Fair (KIBF) will start on Thursday. The KIBF managing committee revealed at a press conference that besides 150 leading publishers and booksellers of Pakistan, 40 exhibitors from 17 countries will participate in the event.

Organised by the Pakistan Publishers & Booksellers Association (PPBA), the five-day programme will be held at the Karachi Expo Centre in three halls: Exhibition Hall No. 1, Exhibition Hall No. 2 and Exhibition Hall No. 3.Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah will inaugurate the book fair as the chief guest.

Former member provincial assembly Mahtab Akbar Rashdi will be the key note speaker, while Universities & Boards Minister Muhammad Ismail Rahoo will be the guest of honour.After its inception in 2005, KIBF has now achieved the distinction of being the country’s largest consumer or trade fair. The event brings together publishing and distribution houses, domestic and international publishers, booksellers, librarians and institutional customers on a single platform.

Publishers from Iran, India, Turkey, Singapore, China, Malaysia, England, UAE and other countries are attending the international event. KIBF has become a remarkable literary event, with educated and motivated visitors from all walks of life.More than 300 stands will display books on various subjects to discerning readers, including a large numbers of families, students and book lovers from all over the country.

17th KIBF Convener Waqar Mateen Khan expressed his gratitude to the publishers and booksellers for their participation in the fair, and the managing committee for their untiring efforts to make this event.