ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that the Eid-ul-Fitar moon will be clearly visible through binoculars after sunset today.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Fawad Chaudhry said that the moon of Shawwal has been born at 10:39 pm on May 22 and the moon of Eid-ul-Fitar will be clearly visible through binoculars after sunset today.
He said that the moon can be seen in Sanghar, Badin, Thatta, Giwani and Pasni from 7:36 to 8:15 today which will be 20 hours old while the moon is not likely to be seen in Peshawar even today.
The Federal Minister said that since the establishment of Pakistan, there has been a controversy over the sighting of the moon on religious festivals.
Fawad Chaudhry further said that the announcements of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and Masjid Qasim Khan are separate though the religious festival but it should be the center of solidarity instead of controversy.
To a question, Fawad Chaudhry said that he rejects the fact that technology has nothing to do with seeing the moon because seeing the moon is not a problem in the world at this time.
He sarcastically said that it is halal to see the moon through spectacles and not through binoculars but spectacles are also technology.
The Federal Minister said that we have sent suggestions to the Prime Minister’s Office on the issue of moon sighting and now we will follow whatever the Prime Minister decides.