‘Books on wheels’: Mobile bookshop set to roll into Khyber Agency

A bus will travel across the region from Monday and hold book fairs at universities

Our Correspondent October 10, 2014

PESHAWAR: The much-awaited ‘Books on Wheels’ project will be launched in Khyber Agency on Monday, said National Book Foundation (NBF) director in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Murad Ali Mohmand.

The project is a joint venture of the NBF, Cabinet Division and FATA Secretariat. It was conceived in July to promote reading habits among students in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). The progress of mobile bookshops in Islamabad and other cities motivated NBF to plan a similar initiative in K-P and the tribal region.

Under the initiative, a bus will travel across the region as a mobile book library and hold book fairs at colleges and universities. According to the press statement issued by the NBF, the FATA Secretariat has provided a heavy vehicle to the NBF to operate the mobile book shop.

“On Monday, ‘Books on Wheels’ will visit Government Girls Degree College in Jamrud,” said Mohmand. Jamrud’s assistant political agent (APA) has been invited to inaugurate the project, he added.

According to the regional director, over a thousand books on a variety of subjects will be displayed in the mobile book library. “The mobile bookshop is an attempt to provide books at subsidised rates to the citizens of Pakistan,” Mohmand said. “The education sector has been badly affected by militancy and the mobile book library is an attempt to raise the standards of literacy in the region.”

The mobile book library will also visit Jamrud Degree College for Boys and subsequently proceed to Bara, Bajaur and Mohmand agencies.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 10th, 2014.


Muslim Leaguer | 7 years ago | Reply

This is a good project of National Book Foundation and I foresee PTI trolls trying to snatch the credit for this endeavor of Federal institution.

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