‘Entire Pakistan to celebrate Eid on the same day this year’

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Eid-ul-Fitr in Pakistan will be celebrated on the same day across the country, special Representative of the country’s Prime Minister on Religious Harmony Maulana Tahir Ashrafi said.

He said the same would apply to the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Controversy has traditionally surrounded the citing of the moon in the country every year at the start and culmination of Ramadan. The controversy splits Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas from rest of the country which results in two different dates for Eid in Pakistan.

The special assistant, addressing a press conference today, said a meeting to sight the Ramadan moon had been called in Peshawar. He vowed the nation would observe the holy month together.

Meanwhile, Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, speaking to Geo News, said the meeting to sight the Ramadan moon has been summoned in Peshawar on Tuesday.

“We will observe Eid and Ramadan across the country [together],” he said, adding the date for the holy month will be announced after consultations with all the relevant ulemas.

“All scholars including Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai have fostered an atmosphere of brotherhood … Ministry of Science and Technology and other scientific institutions have been made permanent members of the committee,” he added.

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