KARACHI / PESHAWAR: Eidul Fitr will again be celebrated on two different days in the country this year.
The Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, headed by Mufti Munibur Rahman, announced on Thursday after a meeting in Karachi that since no evidence about the sighting of Shawwal moon had been received from anywhere in the country, Eid would be celebrated on Saturday.
But an announcement made in Peshawar by the zonal committee, headed by Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai, said after a meeting at the Masjid Qasim Ali Khan that 20 witnesses, including two women, had recorded their evidence about sighting the moon and, therefore, Friday would be the first day of Shawwal.
Provincial Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour and Religious Affairs Minister Malik Nimroz Khan also attended the meeting and gave official approval to the announcement. Mufti Munib said that no reports about moon sighting had been received till sunset from any city and the committee had decided that Eidul Fitr would be celebrated on Saturday.
(According to APP, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar committees said they had not received any information about the sighting of the moon and it had been conveyed to the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee chairman.)
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announced that Eidul Fitr would be celebrated on Friday. “We are announcing this in view of the Zonal Ruet-i-Hilal Committee’s decision that Eidul Fitr will be on Friday. The government will celebrate the festival with simplicity,” Mr Bilour told reporters in Peshawar. He appealed to the people to help flood victims on the occasion of Eid.
Mufti Popalzai said: “Twenty witnesses, including two women, turned up before the committee and recorded their statements about the sighting of the moon. Therefore, the committee has decided that Eidul Fitr will be celebrated on Friday.”
Local committees in tribal areas also announced that Eid would be celebrated on Friday.