According to the statement by an official of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, the moon for the Islamic month of Shawwal will not be visible on the evening of Thursday, so Eid-ul-Fitr will be observed on Saturday, 16 June.
Khalid Ejaz Mufti, the Secretary-General of Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council made this forecast on Monday. He predicted that the 1st Shawwal will be on Saturday, June 16 in Pakistan.
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“The new moon cannot be sighted until its age is a minimum of 19 hours at the time of sunset, the difference between moonset and sunset is a minimum of 40 minutes, the angle of moon’s separation from the sun is a minimum of 10 degrees, and the angle of moon’s separation from the earth’s surface is minimum six degrees”, the Secretary-General added in his statement.
The new moon for the month of Shawwal will begin at 00:43 PST on Thursday. The new moon’s age at sunset’s time will be less than 19 hours on Thursday, so that’s why the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Saturday after the completion of 30 days of Ramazan across Pakistan.
Although the holy month of Ramazan was started on the same day in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan—May 17—however, it is expected that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Friday, Khalid Ejaz Mufti added.
Another clue that the Eid is most likely to commence on Saturday is the government announcement of Eid Holidays. The Federal government first announced 5 Eid holidays starting from Thursday, later they revert it and announced 4 Eid holidays starting from Friday.