Fawad appreciates PM Khan’s, colleagues’ support for his lunar calendar

ISLAMABAD: Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday expressed gratefulness Prime Minister Imran Khan and his colleagues from the Cabinet for lending their support for the moon-sighting calendar which indicated Eid to fall on June 5.

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In a tweet, the minister wrote, “I am Grateful to the honorabl’e PM @ImranKhanPTI and cabinet colleagues for their support of MoonSighting calender.”

“I hope after CII [Council Of Islamic Ideology] input we ll enter into a new regime of MoonSighting,” he added.

Earlier today, the minister said the government was committed to launching a mobile application (app) developed for moon-sighting soon.

In an interview given to a private channel, Fawad said conspiracies were being hatched not to let Pakistan develop modern technological equipment and a moon-sighting app.

Every possible measure had been taken by the Ministry of Science and Technology for the promotion and projection of technology in Pakistan, he added.

On May 21, Fawad said the new lunar calendar has been completed and “will be sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology on Tuesday [today]”.

According to Fawad, the calendar is a result of a collaboration between Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco), and various space and weather experts. Fawad said the members of the CII along with the members of the central moon sighting committee have been invited to view the calendar “so that they understand the extensive working that was done to compile it”.

A letter from the ministry to the CII confirmed that the lunar calendar had been sent to the council to review. The letter, dated May 21, reads, “you are requested to accord your opinion in Islamic perspectives, if some clarification is required, a meeting of religious scholars and scientists may be convened, preferably within 5 days.”

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