The Ruet-e-Hilal committee, chaired by Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman, announced today at 10:10 pm to sight the moon and to announce when the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in Pakistan, while meetings of the zonal committees were in progress at their respective provincial headquarters.
Earlier, according to news sources in zonal committees in Islamabad and Quetta had said that the moon has not been sighted.
The decision is clear with what the Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had said. Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, Fawad Chaudhry said, “The Shawwal moon was born on May 22 at 10:39pm and will be visible between 7:36pm and 8:15pm tonight in Sanghar, Badin, Thatta, Jeevni and Pasni.”
The back and forth between the two governing bodies went on for the whole day, ending after Minister Religious Affairs said that final decision will be taken by Mufti Muneeb.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will also celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday along with other countries like Indonesia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Qatar.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Bangladesh and India have announced that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on May 25 (Monday) as moon was not visible today.
As per the notification from the interior ministry said on Saturday, Pakistan started observing Eid holidays from May 22 and will continue to do so till May 27.