Islamic book fair opens at Aiwan-e-Iqbal

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LAHORE: Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that the hobby of book reading is dwindling due to introduction of modern technology and computers “however there is no substitute of books as they broaden the vision and knowledge of readers”.

He favoured developing book-reading habit, especially Islamic books, among the young generation.

He expressed these views while inaugurating 3-Day Islamic Book Fair at Aiwan-e-Iqbal. The minister said that the complete elimination of terrorism and extremism is necessary for the progress and prosperity of the country. He said that unemployment and poverty could be minimised through eradication of terrorism whereas extremism could be rooted out through promotion of quality education and increasing literacy rate in society.

“Our struggle against extremism can never be fruitful without enhancing education rate and consulting intellectuals and writers for the purpose. The government is providing maximum grants for modernising public sector libraries. Similarly, funds are being provided for ensuring necessary facilities in the libraries of educational institutions in the province,” he declared.

Meanwhile, inaugurating Jhandeer Bus Service at Salamatpura Darogha Wala, the minister said that Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive plan for the provision of safe, comfortable and comparatively affordable transport service to citizens. He said that air-conditioned buses have been imported and are operational in Lahore and other big cities. He said that all-out cooperation and assistance is being provided to the private sector for the provision of comfortable transport to people.\09\08\story_8-9-2012_pg13_4