Eid likely to be on June 5: Fawad

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that the Eid moon will likely be sighted on the 29th fast, falling on June 4.

The federal minister was speaking to media, where he said that according to the lunar calendar, Eid will be on June 5, Wednesday in Pakistan.

Chaudhry said that the lunar calendar has been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) while adding that he requested the council to invite Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai and Mufti Muneebur Rehman and brief them.

Fawad Chaudhry said that the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) and Department of Meteorology participated in making the calendar.

He said that members of the CII as well as the moon sighting committee have been invited to view the calendar “so that they understand the extensive working that was done to compile it”.

A letter from the ministry to the CII confirmed that the lunar calendar had been sent to the council to review. “You are requested to accord your opinion in Islamic perspectives,” read the letter, dated May 21. “If some clarification is required, a meeting of religious scholars and scientists may be convened, preferably within 5 days.”

Meanwhile, a notification from the Ministry of Religious Affairs was circulated, calling a meeting of the Central Ruiat-i-Hilal Committee on June 4 for the sighting of the Shawwal moon.

Separately, Peshawar High Court has issued notices to federal government and Chairman Ruet e Hilal committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman in Ruet-e-Hilal committee case besides seeking their reply on next hearing.

During the course of hearing, petitioner took the plea that issues are being created over the sighting of moon in the country and people are celebrating two Eid therefore court should stop Ruet-e-Hilal committee from moon sighting.