Consensus sought to celebrate Eid on same day across country

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By Ali Imran

ISLAMABAD: In an attempt to ensure that Eidul Fitr is celebrated the same day across the country this year, Ruet-i-Hilal Committee members have started approaching and persuading the clerics who had publicly opposed the announcement related to Shawwal moon sighting by the national body in the past.
However, some committee members have expressed concerns over what they called the premature statements by Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry regarding the expected date of Eid.
Several members have registered concerns to Ruet-i-Hilal Committee chairman Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad that such statements by the minister would only encourage clerics such as Mufti Popalzai of Peshawar’s Qasim Khan mosque to continue to undermine the authority of the committee this year too.
“We are engaged with clerics of all schools of thought and various groups, involving them in the process,” the Ruet-i-Hilal committee chairman said, recalling that the Qasim Khan mosque management had observed Ramazan with the rest of the nation. “I am sure that they will respect decision of the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee over Shawwal moon too,” he added.
Interestingly, the chairman had recently requested Mufti Popalzai to send his representative to the central Ruet-i-Hilal committee meeting, but the Qasim Khan mosque management had not only declined the offer but announced plans to convene the meeting of its Ruet-i-Hilal committee at the mosque in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s capital.