The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Sunday announced that the Shawwal moon has not been sighted, hence Eidul Fitr will fall on Tuesday, May 3. The committee’s chairman, Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, made the announcement while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.
“No authentic testimony of the moon being sighted was received therefore it was agreed with the consensus that Eidul Fitr will be on May 3,” he said. The committee had convened the meeting to sight the moon for Eidul Fitr in Karachi, whereas zonal bodies of the committee also met in Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore.
Meanwhile, the Shawwal moon has been sighted in several other countries, including Saudi Arabia and Oman, where the first day of Eid will fall on Monday (today). Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will also celebrate Eid today (Monday) unlike the rest of Pakistan, announced Chief Minister Mahmood Khan’s Special Assistant Barrister Dr. Muhammad Ali Saif on Sunday.
Taking to his Twitter, Saif said that the government had received reports of 130 moon sightings from different areas of the province. “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to officially celebrate Eidul Fitr on Monday, May 2,” said the special assistant.