Pakistan’s largest bookstore may be shutting down
The largest bookstore in Pakistan is on the verge of the financial crisis on being burdened with heavy taxes and decline in the sale of published books across the country, a report stressed.
Shocked at the misfortune, book readers expressed their distress at the crumbling situation and emphasised on the importance of saving bookstores for future generations.
On Friday, notable figures, including New York Times correspondent Salman Masood and Rawalpindi-based journalist Shiraz Hasan, shared the reports of Saeed Book Bank shutting down.
Saeed Book Bank is a three-storied store in Islamabad and has books on a variety of subjects for sale. It was founded by Taj Muhammad Qureshi in 1932 in Peshawar but moved to Islamabad after militant threats, reports Arab publication Gulf News.
The rise in prices of importing books is another factor behind the closing of the bookstore, which occurred as a result of the trade situation with India over the past couple of months.
— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) October 11, 2019
Book readers were saddened to discover the declining state of the city’s heritage and termed it a big loss to society.
Sad state of affair; an icon of Islamabad (F-7 sector), one of the best thing in Islamabad; Saeed Book bank about to close their business. https://t.co/0rpcGK14rO
— Sadaat Umar (@sadaatumar) October 11, 2019
The closing of Saeed Book Bank from Peshawar and now from Islamabad is the sign of our society destruction. https://t.co/OBZ2EJjkrS
— Sajid Javed Afridi (@SajidActivist) October 11, 2019
#saeedbookbank I love the place and islamabad won’t be the same without it. Testemant to our dwindling reading habits, that such a large enterprise will be coming to an end.i just cannot imagine that black in Jinnah Super without it. https://t.co/9j13OohmqL
— Anita U. (@Anita09646061) October 12, 2019
Sad to hear that Saeed book bank in #Islamabad is going to close soon. I’m one of them who were used to buy books from there. It is one of the biggest bookstores in the world built by Saeed Jan Qureshi because of his passion and love for books.pic.twitter.com/yy5EusuHFX
— ßushra Nasir Ahmed (@bushra_2010) October 11, 2019
Another netizen gave his perspective behind the downfall of the bookstore.
Saeed Book Bank is a bit overrated. There’s an emphasis on current affairs books and their ubiquitous locations in the store. Books on other topics are poorly located and slightly more overpriced. Readings and Variety books at Lahore are far superior, IMO. https://t.co/OLvxh9G3Zr
— Reza Ali (@RezaAli1980) October 12, 2019