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National Library out of reach

THIS is apropos of the letter ‘Closing libraries closing minds’ (April 21). There are some other problems for library users.

I am from Chitral. I recently completed my master’s in Chemistry. My family hardly supports me here in Islamabad as I am preparing for competitive examinations.

Living in Barakahu, I attempt several times to use the National Library in Islamabad which is at the back of the prime minister’s office.

One can get to the library either from the Thokri bus stop (in front of Serena Hotel) or from the Abpara bus stop. The route leading to the library is closed for ordinary transport due to security concerns. So, it takes 30 to 35 minutes to reach the library on foot. If libraries are meant for the  country’s citizens, it is the duty of the government to provide people with facilities so that they can  reach libraries easily. But here in the capital it seems that libraries are meant only for bigwigs.

The violation of the right of free movement will lead to a bleak future for an individual who wants to use libraries.

IHTISHAM UL HAQ Islamabad


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