Rabbani Directs Religious Ministry to Brief Senate on Moon-Sighting Controversy; Ramazan on Same Day in Country, Thanks To Minister

The Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Monday asked the Minister of Religious Affairs to make a statement in the Senate on Tuesday on the issue of moon-sighting by Ruet-e-Halal Committee, as senators wanted government’s intervention to end the controversy once and for all.

PTI’s Muhammad Azam Swati raised the issue and questioned why a single moon, sighted in Malaysia, two hours ahead of Pakistan standard time and Indonisia, could not be sighted same day, leading always to controversies.

He wanted to making use of modern technology for moon sighting. PPP’s Saeed Ghani even went ahead to point out that a moon sighted in Karachi could not be seen in Peshawar and vice-versa. He added the ruet committee, which hibernates for ten months, comes into focus on sighting of Ramazan moon and Eid-ul-Fitr moon and controversy always generates from this.

Tahir Hussain Mashhadi of MQM questioned what he called the apathy of the provincial and federal governments about the deepening water crisis in Karachi.

He alleged the water board authorities, along with law enforcement agencies and tanker mafia were fleecing people and looting them. “Karachi continues to face step-motherly treatment,” he said.

While, Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has attached another feather to his cap by uniting the nation on observing Ramazan on same day after many years.

The role of other federal institutions has also been vital in pursuing Khateeb of Peshawar’s historic Mosque Qasim Ali Khan not to announce the start of Ramazan on his own.

The Federal Minister, however, also took initiative on giving the central Ruet-e-Halal Committee a legal position by promulgating fresh law. Every faithful in the country always wished that the whole nation should observe first fasting and last by consensus and celebrate Eid on the same day.

The minister went to Peshawar the other day and held a meeting with Maulana Shahabuddin Popalzai to persuade him not to go solo on moon sighting for first of Ramazan and instead join the national Ruet-e-Halal Committee or abide by its announcement.

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