Staff Reporter Islamabad
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said as per the calender of Ministry of Science and Technology and Ruet App, the moon of Shawal would be sighted on May 13 and Eid ul Fitr would be observed on May 14 (Friday).
In a tweet, the minister said that the final decision would be made by Ruet-Hilal- Committee after its meeting for the moon sighting.
The meeting of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee would be held in Islamabad on Wednesday evening for sighting the crescent moon of Eid-ul-Fitr 1442.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad would preside over the meeting.
The zonal committees would meet in their respective areas, while the central Ruet-e-Hilal committee would gather witness from across the country.
“There were almost no chances of Shawaal moon sighting on Wednesday evening, according to astronomical considerations, ”Malik Qadir, an expert said in a statement.
He said Ramzan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, would consist of 30 days in Pakistan and some other countries this year.
Therefore Eid-ul-Fitr, traditionally depends on the sighting of the moon, meaning it can’t be predicted precisely, might be celebrated on Friday (May 14).
Similarly, the meteorological department said the birth of the Shawwal moon will take place after 12:00 a.m. on May 12. “There is no chance that the Shawwal moon will be sighted on Wednesday,” it said.