Just one day after the news regarding the abolishment decision of Ruet-e-Hilal committee by the present government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf went viral, the government has come forward with a denial to the spreading rumour.
A spokesperson of the Ministry of Religious Affairs has completely dismissed and denied the reports and clarified that no such
decisions were under consideration.
He said that the government has not taken any such decision instead it has asked the committee to work closely and in collaboration with the Pakistan Meteorological Department.
He further added that any such decision like the one-of dissolving the Ruet-e-Hilal committee would essentially be needing approval from the parliament and that the ministry could itself not just take the decision of disbanding the committee like that.
As per a media report that surfaced on Monday making claims that the government sources have taken the decision of giving the task of moon sighting to the Meteorological Department as that department was sufficient enough scientifically to perform the task.
Now, it seems that it was nothing but just a bogus or fake news alert that the media has been a constant victim of in present times.
The Ruet-e-Hilal committee was for the first time founded in the government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1974 via a resolution that was passed in the National Assembly. The committee has been operating since then both at the district and Federal levels.
There has been no official law since it was formed, and most likely this is the reason why the parliamentary committee on religious affairs might have raised queries regarding the legal status of the committee.