KARACHI - More than 100,000 citizens thronged the five-day seventh Karachi International Book Fair at the Karachi Expo Centre on Sunday. The book fair is being organised by the Pakistan Publishers and Book Sellers Association from December 16 to 20, 2011. PPBA Chairman Aziz Khalid told TheNation that the 3rd day of the book fair had witnessed huge participation of the citizens in the event. Despite the Sunday holiday, the roads around the Expo Centre were jammed due to the condensed traffic, while the parking area of was packed to capacity. He said that the citizens had taken an advantage of Sunday and participated in the fare, showing their passion and love for books. He said, We are thankful to people of the metropolis who have given great response to the international event and proved that they are real lover of books. In the event, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Mari, Matric Board Chairman Anzar Hussain Zaidi also participated. The information minister also launched a book on Habib Jalib, written by Mujahid Barelvi. Publishers from America, India, Iran, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and England are participating in this exhibition at Expo centres hall no. 1, 2 and 3. Approximately 290 stalls have been set up there. However, Readings, a big books publisher and seller in the country, has displayed more than 100,000 books on general topics in the fair. On the occasion, Readings Group Chairman Rana Saeed said, We have set up the largest book display here with 30 stalls. Readings have a large variety of books in English language, while Readings publications are in both English and Urdu languages. We also have imported-books at a nominal price. The largest books display covers nearly all topics, such as natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, literature, philosophy, poetry, sports, journalism, history, astronomy, geology. Talking about the vision of the Readings Group, he said, We have introduced a new trend of selling and publishing books in the country by starting our journey from Lahore.