Govt to dissolve Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, appoint new members

By: News Desk      Published: 12:11 AM, 27 Aug, 2020
Govt to dissolve Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, appoint new members
Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Muneeb-ur-Rehman and members of his committee address a press conference.–File photo

The Ministry of Religious Affairs has decided to dissolve the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, which announces the sighting of the moon before the beginning of every Islamic month. 

The ministry has decided to restructure the Ruet Committee. According to sources, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has prepared proposals for legislation in this regard. The incumbent chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and members will be changed and new people will be inducted. 

According to the draft legislation, people announcing sighting of the moon on their own will be awarded strict punishments. No one will be allowed to announce sighting of the moon or Eid. Those violating the law will be punished by jail term up to five years and fine ranging from Rs50,000 to Rs200,000. Anyone having evidence of moon sighting would inform the government committee and the committee would review the evidence and announce its decision. 

The new Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will have representatives from the ministries of religious affairs, science and technology, metrological, Suparco and other departments. 

A new chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will be appointed and committee members too will be named afresh. All these appointments will be notified officially.