New Pakistan committee to end Ramadan, Eid moon-sighting 'controversy'

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New Pakistan committee to end Ramadan, Eid moon-sighting controversy

Islamabad - To end the controversy for the next few years.

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Published: Tue 7 May 2019, 2:48 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 May 2019, 5:34 PM

Pakistan has announced a new committee to prepare a lunar calendar for future Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Azha and Muharram announcements.
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Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology, on Tuesday constituted a five member committee to prepare a lunar calendar for the next five years.
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According to a notification issued by the Ministry, the committee comprises representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology, COMSATS University of Islamabad, two officials of Meteorology Department and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).
The committee would determine the exact dates of Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Azha and Muharram for the next five years with 100 per cent accuracy using technology.
Minister said that the committee has been formed to end disputes related to crescent sightings.
The announcement comes amid a recent debate between the minister and the Ruet-E-Hilal committee over the sighting of the moon, questioning the wisdom in spending large sums of money on moon sighting every year, saying that the Ruet-e-Hilal committee should carry out the sighting voluntarily, Geo reported.
The minister said up to Rs4 million are spent on the moon-sighting process every year.
Mufti Muneeb-Ur-Rehman, the chairman of the the Ruet-e-Hilal committee, had appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to stop his ministers from commenting on religious matters.



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