LAHORE – Renowned novelist Razia Butt passed away in Lahore on Thursday after protracted illness. She was 89. Her funeral prayer will be offered in DHA after Jumma prayers. According to her family, Razia Butt was under treatment at a private hospital in Defence area. The novelist authored around 51 novels and 350 short stories. Bano, Dastaan, Najia and Saeqa are considered her best literary works. Her fans, friends and distinguished literary figures expressed profound grief over her sad demise. They prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in peace and grant courage to the bereaved family members tobear this irreparable loss with equanimity.