ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, May 13, in Pakistan, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on Wednesday.
A meeting of the committee took place under the chair of Chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad in Islamabad.
In a press conference, Azad said testimonies were received from Balochistan’s Chaman, Killa Saifullah, and Pasni, Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh’s Mirpurkhas, among other areas.
Azad urged people to observe safety precautions during Eid and play their part in curbing the spread of coronavirus.
The announcement was made after a long wait, at 11:30pm.
As time drew close to 11 in the night, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi urged the nation to be patient, promising that the decision will be announced “soon”.
He said that the decision will be “in line with the Shariah”.
The zonal committees in Sukkur, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta ended their meetings earlier in the evening, declaring that the moon could not be sighted in the three cities.
In Peshawar, the zonal RHC meeting was held at the Auqaf Hall under the chair of Maulana Ehsaan, the chief of the Peshawar zonal committe and went on longer.
Maulana Ishaq, Qadri Abdul Rauf and Mufti Fazlullah Jan, Maulana Mohammad Ali Shah, Maulana Irshad Hussain and Maulana Abdul Baseer were also set to partake in the meeting.