Following his statement regarding moonsighting and the role of religious clerics, Fawad Chaudhry has given an official go-ahead for the constitution of a 5-member committee to prepare the Hijri calendar for the next five years.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) May 7, 2019
The decision comes in the wake of Federal Minister of Science and Technology’s statement, where he was heard saying “that there’s no point spending 4 million on moonsighting”.
Joint Scientific Advisor MoST, Dr. Muhammad Tariq Masood will perform the duties of committee convener. The other members of the committee include:
- Waqar Ahmed – Lecturer Meteorology Department, Comsats University Islamabad
- Nadeem Faisal – Deputy Director, PMD
- Abu Nasan – Deputy Director, PMD
- Ghulam Murtaza – DCM SUPARCO, Islamabad
The committee’s responsibility will be to draft a Hijri calendar with 100% accuracy to avoid the controversy surrounding moon sightings for Ramazan, Eid-ul-Fitr, and Moharram for the next five years.