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Govt to bear marriage expenses of 2,500 poor girls, says Zardari

Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari Monday announced that the government would bear expenses for the marriage of 2,500 girls belonging to poor families during the next one year.
The president made the announcement at the prize distribution ceremony in connection with the Seerat Conference at the Presidency. The president also announced ten international scholarships for research scholars for conducting research in Pakistan on Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) to enable them to conduct postgraduate research in the world’s best institutes.
The president also announced the establishment of an Institute of Islamic Research and Scholarship in Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad. He said Pakistan would also hold an International Conference on the topic of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) as Rehmat ul Alamin.
President Asif Ali Zardari gave away prizes to the winners of best books, Naat writing and papers on Seerat. Those who received prizes from the president included: Abdul Rashid Bhatti, Abu-al-Imtiaz, Muhammad Ikhlaq, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim Faizi, Hafiz Muhammad Nizarul Hassan, Syed Ahmad Siddiqui, Ghulam Rasool, Sarwar Qureshi, Abdul Haseeb Salik, Mrs. Mudassir Hameed, Dr. Nigar Sajjad Zaheer, Aleemunnisa, Syed Azizur Rehman, Dr. Ikramul Haq Al-Azhari, Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali, Tahira Dastgir, Muhammad Iqbal and Mumtaz Ali Khan.
The ceremony was attended among others by Minister for Religious Affairs Allama Hamid Saeed Kazmi and Minister of State for Religious Affairs Shugafta Jamani, religious scholars, Ulema and intellectuals. Minister for Religious Affairs said collective marriages would be organised during the year at provincial headquarters and in AJK.
Source: The News

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