Karachi, April 12: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet on Tuesday, while the non-governmental Route Hilal Committee will meet today (Monday) at Qasim Khan Mosque in Peshawar for sighting moon of holy month of Ramadan
Maulana Abdul Khair, the new chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, will preside over the meeting Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of the government. On the other hand, Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai will chair a non-governmental moon sighting committee in Peshawar.
The two committees will meet separately in Peshawar. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri is overseeing the moon sighting.
TV channel sources claimed that the government has devised a strategy to collect and announce the sighting of the moon. According to the strategy, the Central Moon Sighting Committee took Mufti Popalzai of Peshawar into confidence and it was agreed that his unofficial Moon Sighting Committee would convey the first reports of sighting to the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.
Sources said that Mufti Popalzai would have the power to convene a committee to look into the moon in his “traditional” manner.
But no one, including Mufti Popalzai, except the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, will announce the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) and special assistant to the prime minister on religious harmony and the Middle East, has already said that the government will give an Eid gift this year and a unanimous start to the holy month of Ramadan.
Ashrafi said he had spoken to Maulana Abdul Khair Azad, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri and other scholars for possible scientific help, but the decision would be based on Sharia law.