Islamabad - National Book Museum here at National Book Foundation (NBF) attracting a large number of visitors particularly book readers.

The most remarkable display in the Museum is of 22 Holy Qurans which come from countries like Kashmir, Turkey, Iran, Saudia Arabia and Russia.

The Foundation also got as donation-26 rare old holy Quran handwritten with gold water having worth of more than Rs 10 million from a citizen Zahid Parvez Butt. Besides rare books, manuscripts, sculptures, book tree, single stone book of 8 tons, book clock, wall of honour, are also part of this Museum.

There are also striking fiber-glass figures of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Ghalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Saadat Hasan Manto, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi and Hafeez Jallundari. While a Book Tree exhibits the World Encyclopedia.

Managing Director NBF Prof Dr Inam-ul-Haq Javed said, “It is a great inspiration for young generation and book-art lovers to learn about their cultural values, literature, artistic asset and rich heritage.”

“Books and art bring tranquility, harmony and softness in our minds which lead to the path of peace and love in the society,” he said.

He added that establishment of National Book Museum in the Capital is completely cause oriented and ideally suited for promotion of our national literary heritage, literacy, education and book culture among all. The Museum is spread across one big hall having various enclosures.

At present there are a total of 500 books most of which are by our leading scholars, authors and poets and some by foreign writers on subjects

 such as Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Sufism, Pakistan Movement, Quaid-e Azam, Allama Iqbal etc, in languages such as Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi, Pushto, Persian and English.

All of them are displayed in glass cases. Therefore it will serve as a repository of rare and antique books as well as manuscripts that date back to about 300 years and also recent publications.