Another Youhanabad tragedy victim dies

LAHORE: The death toll in Youhanabad bombings swelled to 18 as another victim succumbed to wounds at the Lahore General Hospital (LGH) on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Javed Masih.

Some 70 others were wounded when two suicide bombers unleashed the attack at churches. Sunday’s bombing of two churches in the city’s largest Christian neighbourhood ignited violent protests, which spread to the most populous divisional headquarters of Gujranwala, Sargodha, and Faisalabad.–Staff Reporter

Zakat Council okays Rs53.9m for students

LAHORE: Provincial Zakat Council has approved release of Rs53.9 million under the head of educational scholarships general and educational scholarships for religious seminaries.

This was decided at a meeting presided over by Chairman Provincial Zakat Council Justice (r) Akhtar Hassan on Thursday. Secretary Zakat and Usher Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani, Administrator Zakat Punjab Muhammad Yousaf Butt, members of the council Hafiz Zubair Ahmed Zaheer, Maulana Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Muhammad Azhar Farooqi, Saeed Ahmed Ansari, Tanveer Kauser, Aamir Shahzad, Section Officer, representative of Finance, Local Government and Community Development and Social Welfare department attended the meeting.–Staff Reporter

Jamia Naeemia celebrations today

LAHORE: The three-day 62nd annual celebrations of Jamia Naeemia will start from Friday (today) that include books exhibition, Mufti Azam seminar in memory of founder of Jamia Naeemia and 6th Urs of Dr Sarfraz Naemmi, and Dastar Bandi (convocation) of graduates.

Jamia Naeemia principal Raghib Naeemi made this announcement while addressing a press conference on Thursday.–Staff Reporter

Absconders surrender

LAHORE: After five years of conviction for murder, two absconders surrendered to the Lahore High Court here on Thursday.

Zahid and Sabir, both absconders, appeared in the court of Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and surrendered themselves. The judge handed them over to police.

A trial court had awarded them death penalty for killing Sagheer, a resident of Kasur, in 2007.–Staff Reporter