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Fawad Chaudhry suggests modern technology to end ‘Ruet-e-Hilal’ disputes

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, on Sunday underscored needs for adopting modern techniques for moon sighting that would help to resolve unending disputes emerged on Ruet-e-Hilal [moon sighting].

Fawad Chaudhry, in his latest messages on Twitter, criticised emergence of disputes which emerge every time during moon sighting to declare the initiation of a new month of the Islamic calendar in accordance with lunar crescent despite the presence of modern technologies.

While giving an answer to a user’s question, he was of the view, “The decision for running the country cannot be left singularly on maulana [religious figure].”

He said that “By this way, the process to establish Pakistan did not happen as all renowned clerics had opposed the establishment of Pakistan who also termed Mr Jinnah as ‘Kafir-e-Azam [infidel]”

Ch Fawad Hussain


یہ فیصلہ کہ ملک کیسے چلنا ہے مولانا پر نہیں چھوڑا جا سکتا، اس رو سے پاکستان کا قیام ہی عمل میں نہ آتا کیونکہ تمام بڑے علماء تو پاکستان کے قیام کے مخالف تھے اور جناح صاحب کو کافر آعظم کہتے تھے، آگے کا سفر مولویوں نے نہیں نوجوانوں نے کرنا ہے اور ٹیکنالوجی ہی قوم کو آگے لیجا سکتی ہے



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Chaudhry said that youth will have to take the country forward but not ‘molvis’. He added, “[By the usage of modern] technology, the nation can move forward,” he said.

The federal minister, in his video message, said, “We have always witnessed a controversy on Muharram and Ramadan’s moon sighting. My question is here that why shouldn’t we use modern technologies to make final decision pertains to the crescent sight.”

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“I have observed that our Ruet-e-Hilal Committee uses telescopes [for moon sighting] which is an older technology. For what reason, we are not utilising modern technologies to sight crescent.”

While making an announcement in this regards, Chaudhry said that the ministry has constituted a five-member committee for moon sighting comprised of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Met Department and technology experts to release a lunar calendar for Pakistan by using modern scientific techniques.

Ch Fawad Hussain


پانچ رکنی کمیٹی قائم کی ہے جس میں سپارکو،محکمہ موسمیات اور سائنس اور ٹیکنالوجی کے ماھرین شامل ہوں گے یہ کمیٹی اگلے دس سال کے چاند، عیدین ، محرم اور رمضان سمیت دیگر اہم کیلنڈر کی تاریخ کا کیلنڈر جاری کرےگی۔ اس سے ہر سال پیدا ہونیوالا تنازعہ ختم ہو گا۔


In another tweet, the minister detailed that the newly-formed committee will initially release lunar calendar for the next 10 years which would be helpful to end longstanding disputes on moon sighting across the country.

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