ISLAMABAD: Chairman Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad on Sunday announced that the Shawwal moon was not sighted anywhere in Pakistan and the Eidul Fitr will be celebrated on May 3, (Tuesday).
The Chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (RHC) Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad chaired the meeting of moon sighting committee for Shawwal 1443 AH in Islamabad and its regional offices.
The meetings of the zonal and district RHCs were also being held at their respective headquarters.
After collecting the evidence of the Shawwal crescent, the central RHC committee will formally announce the final decision.
The officials of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology, Met Department and SUPARCO are attending the meeting.
Punjab committee’s announcement
Zonal Committee’s Mufti Ramzan Sialvi announced that no evidence of the Shawwal crescent was found in Punjab province, whereas, the central RHC meeting is underway in the federal capital.
Mufti Sialvi said that Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad will make the final announcement regarding the moon sighting.
Karachi committee’s announcement
The zonal committee of Karachi announced that they did not receive any evidence of the Shawwal moon sighting in Karachi, whereas, the central RHC chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad will announce the final decision.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) earlier predicted that there are no chances of the Shawwal moon being sighted this evening and therefore, Eidul Fitr most probably fall on Tuesday (May 03
Neighbouring Afghanistan had announced to celebrate Eid on Monday.
It is to be mentioned here that the Shawwal moon was not sighted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday evening and the Eidul Fitr in the country will be celebrated on Monday (tomorrow).