ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said his ministry wanted to collaborate with Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for ending moon-sighting controversy in the country.
“This long standing issue can be resolved with lunar calendar by adopting modern technology,” he said while talking to a local news channel.
Fawad Chaudhry said the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee used telescopes for moon sighting which was an older technology.
He said the science ministry had prepared a lunar calendar for Pakistan and the technology was also being utilized by nine other countries.
The issue of moon-sighting (ruet-e-hilal) has been controversial between Peshawar and rest of the cities in Pakistan since its inception. Although, Peshawar vs all Pakistan had been accepted by all and sundry as a routine for the matter spread over decades, but the establishment of a new lunar calendar by Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry to determine moon-sighting recently stirred debate among different circles on how much involvement should scientific tools have in religious subjects.
Earlier, the disagreement was between the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee and the Qasim Ali Khan Masjid, a 17th-century mosque in Peshawar. Now, this issue has exacerbated with Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman and Fawad Chaudhry at loggerheads over the use of scientific machinery to pre-decide the dates.