Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry while taking a step to resolve the controversy of moon sighting constituted a five-member committee to predict key dates and months of the Islamic Calendar.
The committee will work to finalise the calendar to “indicate the exact dates of Ramzan, Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha and Muharram for the next five years with 100% accuracy,” said a notification dated May 3, 2019 posted by the minister on his Twitter account earlier today.
Ministry of Science n Tech Committee to resolve #moonsighting controversy constituted pic.twitter.com/LknTHNOsOe— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 7, 2019
Ministry of Science n Tech Committee to resolve #moonsighting controversy constituted pic.twitter.com/LknTHNOsOe
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 7, 2019
The committee comprises Dr Muhammad Tariq Masood (Joint Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Science and Technology), Waqar Ahmad (Lecturer, Meteorology Department, CUI, Islamabad), Nadeem Faisal (Deputy Director, Meteorology Department), Abu Nasan (Deputy Director, Meteorology Department) and Ghulam Murtaza (DCM, SUPARCO, Islamabad).
Earlier Chaudhry said, “Where is the wisdom in spending Rs4 million on moon-sighting for Ramzan and Eid? At least the [Ruet-e-Hilal] committee should do it voluntarily. All around the world [the sighting] is done without remuneration,” Chaudhry said. “I respect the ulema. I have given an opinion. Everyone does not need to agree,” he added. “Educated scholars are supporting my suggestion” .
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23 July, 2019