Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday claimed Ramzan moon would be sighted country-wide on April 24.
“Ramzan moon will be sighted on April 24, with the Ramzan to start from April 25,” Chaudhry said in a post on Twitter.
انشااللہ رمضان المبارک کا چاند 24 اپریل کو پورے ملک میں دیکھا جا سکے گا اور25 اپریل کوپہلاروزہ ہو گا،روئت ھلال کمیٹی نے ذیعقداور رجب دونوں کی غلط تاریخ دیں 5 مارچ کو پارلیمان کی مذہبی امور کی کمیٹیوں کو بریفنگ دیں گے کہ عید اور اسلامی تہوار تقسیم نہیں اتحاد کا باعث بننے چاہئیں۔
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) February 27, 2020
The federal minister further said a briefing would be given to the parliamentary committee on religious affairs on March 5 on the matter. “Eid and other religious festivals should be a reason for joy and happiness, not divisions,” he added.
Last year in May, Chaudhry announced Pakistan’s first-ever moon-sighting website. This was followed by the launch of the country’s first-ever moon-sighting app to share real-time information about the moon.
Named the “The Ruet”, the app combines Islamic Hijri calendar with modern technology to learn about the beginning of new Islamic month with a single tap. The app also displays various moon phases, the current age of the moon and other time information according to the Islamic calendar.
“The Ruet is a utility and information application related to moon and sighting of the moon in Pakistan by the Ministry of Science and Technology” according to the app’s description.
The science minister has multiple time objected to Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee’s decisions regarding moon sightings and questioned the committee’s ability.