Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has reiterated that Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in Pakistan on June 5, Express News reported.

The minister, in an interview, said the public “should not be confused” about the moon-sighting process and expressed confidence that the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee would also declare June 5 as the first day of Eid in Pakistan.

“The moon can now be sighted from within the comfort of our houses. We no longer have to climb up on rooftops for that,” said the minister.

On May 26, Fawad launched the country’s first moon-sighting website and spoke about how Pakistan could do away with the traditional moon-sighting methods of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to end the controversy around dates of important Islamic festivals.

However, the ministry’s efforts to modernise the moon-sighting process have not been well received by all clerics and a last-minute change in the date for Eidul Fitr cannot still be ruled out.
Separately, Chaudhry also expressed his views on other party and government-related matters.

In a series of tweets, he clarified that there were no disagreements within the ruling party.

The minister said all PTI members agreed that Imran Khan’s success as prime minister was essential for the success of democracy in Pakistan.

Chaudhry said Pakistan was at a point where its civil institutions had been destroyed due to nepotism and failure to ensure merit-based recruitments.

He said PM Imran had inherited a “broken system” and was trying his best to rebuild it. (Agencies)