Govt active in building consensus on controversy over moon sighting: Qadri

Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has said that the government is active in building consensus on the controversy over the sighting of the moon in the country.

Addressing a consultative meeting over the issue in Islamabad today (Wednesday), he said the government is working for national unity and reconciliation on the issue and trying to reduce differences.

The meeting was attended by members of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, SUPARCO, Meteorological Department, Ministry of Science and other concerned officials.

The meeting discussed the shahadat system, waiting period for shahadat and use of modern equipment before announcement about moon sighting.

He said that the Religious Ministry will continue consultation process with all the provinces and stakeholders. He also urged private committees to cooperate in this regard.

The Minister said that the zonal committees would be made more dynamic and active in this regard.

He said directed Chairman Hilal Committee Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad in holding continuous consultation meetings with all stakeholders and give suggestions to the Ministry in this regard.

Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said that the government is trying to complete the legislation on the sighting of the moon after the Holy month Ramadan.

Source: Radio Pakistan