Fawad Chaudhry raises question on spending millions on Ruet-e-Hilal committee

ISLAMABAD: On Monday, federal minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry once again questioned the wisdom in spending large sums of money on moon sighting every year, saying that the Ruet-e-Hilal committee should carry out the sighting voluntarily.

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In his latest criticism of the Ruet-e-Hilal committee, the minister said up to Rs4 million are spent on the moon-sighting procedure every year.

“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.

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