Fawad Chaudhry—the Minister for Science and Technology is all set to launch the first Islamic Hijri calendar of Pakistan today.
Fawad announced on Twitter about the launch of the first moon sighting website of the country along with the calendar.
Ever since he took charge of the office the Minister for science and technology, he has been pushing for making use of science for the Islamic calendar and for moving on from using the conventional ways of moon sighting method being used by the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.
Recently, it was informed to the National Assembly that an amount of Rs.3.06million was spent on the moon sighting for Muharram, Ramazan and Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha in the year 2018.
Previously, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) minister formed a 5-member committee having officials from the ministry, Pakistan Meteorological Department and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).
The committee was allotted the task of preparing a lunar calendar and publish it by the 15th of Ramazan. While speaking at an event at Karachi University, the minister informed that the ministry is also working on an application that would enable people to sight the moon on their mobile phones.
He also invited Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman and Shahabuddin Popalzai for seeing that how the moon cycle works.