Three-day bookfair opens at IIUI
ISLAMABAD, Oct 23: Bookfairs should be held regularly, as they offer a variety of books
under one roof, said State Minister for Information Tariq Azeem on Monday
addressing the inaugural ceremony of a three-day bookfair at the International
Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).
Intellectuals, faculty members and
students of the university attended the ceremony.
A number of stalls
have been set up at the fair where books on history, science, computer and
biographies are on display. Azeem stressed the need for tolerance to promote the
soft image of Pakistan at the international level. He said education is a vital
ingredient of enlightened moderation, which can help take the country on the
path of development.
He said tolerance and difference of opinion could
help promote discussion, which was necessary for sharing of knowledge. He said
Pakistani youth represent the true values of our society.
He said the
government was striving to allocate maximum available resources for promotion of
education in the country, adding that the government had set up 120 universities
so far and Rs 216 billion were being spent on the development of the education
Azeem said the amount being spent on the education sector was not
enough, as this sector needed more funds. However, he expressed hope that the
government would achieve its targets in this regard as the country's economy was
getting a boost due to trade friendly policies.
He said Pakistan had
become a role model for developing countries as far as economic growth was
MMA leader Fareed Paracha and IIUI President Zafar Ishaq
Ansari also addressed the inaugural ceremony. Daily Times
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