To see the crescent signaling the start of the Islamic holiday of Eidul Fitr, the central and zonal Ruet-e-Hilal committees will assemble today.
Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad will preside over the meeting of the central Ruet-e-Hilal committee in the country’s capital, while the zonal moon-sighting committees will convene at regionally specified places around the nation.
Experts do not anticipate seeing the moon today.
The council had previously predicted that this year, on Saturday, April 22, the nation will likely observe Eid.
On Thursday, April 20, around 9:15 am Pakistan time, the moon is anticipated to be born, according to the secretary-general of the council, Khalid Ijaz Mufti.
The moon will be 9 hours 33 minutes and 12 seconds old when it sets this evening. The moon will most likely rise around 7:10 p.m., while the sun will set at 6:49 p.m. This makes today’s moon sighting implausible, according to the expert, coupled with other technical considerations.
Expert astronomers claim that the moon must be on the horizon for 40 to 50 minutes after sunset in order to be seen, yet on April 20 in Pakistan, the moon will only be visible for 21 minutes after sunset.
In addition, for sighting, the moon’s age at sunset on Ramadan 29 should be greater than 19 hours. However, it will be less than 10 hours throughout all of Pakistan.
The government has also proclaimed a five-day national holiday. The Ministry of Interior said that the holidays will start on Friday, April 21, and go through Tuesday, April 25.