PM Kakar promises to clear imports of Islamabad’s major bookseller


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar has assured that he will facilitate the clearance of book imports for Saeed Books, a world-class bookstore located at F 7 Jinnah Supermarket in Islamabad.

The bookstore has been facing a delay in receiving its $4000 worth of books ordered from London due to the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) restrictions (on import of certain items).

PM Kakar made this promie in a tweet on Thursday, in response to a tweet by senior journalist Rauf Klasra, who had drawn the premier’s attention to the shortage of fresh books at Saeed Books.

Klasra had said that the bookstore, which serves diplomats, tourists, and avid readers alike, had placed an order for new books from London, but the books could not be shipped because the SBP was not giving permission for imports.

Klasra had appealed to PM Kakar, who is known to be a book lover himself, to intervene in this matter and ask the governor of the SBP to expedite the matter so that the bookstore could receive its new books and continue to provide a valuable service to the public.

PM Kakar replied to Klasra’s tweet, saying that he would play his role in getting the stock of Saeed Books cleared through the SBP.

Saeed Books, which is comparable to any major bookstore globally, has been operating in Islamabad since 1982. It offers a wide range of books from different genres, languages, and countries. It is also a place where many dignitaries and leaders visit to browse and buy books. The bookstore has been praised for its quality, variety, and service by many customers.

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