APP02-30 ISLAMABAD: May 30 – Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui cutting ribbon to inaugurate computer section at National Library. APP photo by Irfan Mahmood

ISLAMABAD, May 30 (APP):Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH), Irfan Siddiqui Wednesday said National Library of Pakistan (NLP), after equipping with latest facilities, has now transformed into an effective knowledge centre for the visitors of federal capital as well as the whole country.
He said this national level library was neglected since its establishment in the year 1993 with no development project started during this long period.
However, the projects worth Rs110 million initiated during the last one and a half year have played instrumental role in improvement of its facilities while making it a far better place for the readers.
Irfan Siddiqui was speaking during an inauguration of Women Resource Center (WRC) at the library which was established with the cooperation of National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW).
He thanked the Secretary of NCSW, Sameena Hassan for the efforts of the commission, and said this center will provide a platform to the women for their creative writing endeavours, study and research in a peaceful environment.
Speaking on the occasion, Sameena Hassan assured that the commission would continue its cooperation for providing books and other facilities to the women.
Advisor to Prime Minister, Irfan Siddiqui also inaugurated a 20-computers lab equipped with special programmes for the visually impaired persons, at the library.
This computer lab, established with the cooperation of Ministry of Information, Technology and Telecommunications, is indeed a great addition in the ‘Braille Corner’ of the library, he said.
Irfan Siddiqui also inaugurated a project of digitization of the rare and old documents.
He said the library will digitize 100 to 400 years old rare documents, books and newspapers under this project.
For this purpose, 10,000 documents of 53,00,000 pages have been selected.
On this occasion, Federal Secretary for NH&LH, Engineer Aamir Hasan paid tribute to the exemplary services of Irfan Siddiqui and hoped he will continue to provide guidance as a prominent literary personality.