ISLAMABAD: The government has appointed a new chairman of the country’s moon-sighting panel (Ruet-e-Hilal Committee) replacing Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman who served the post for around 22 years.
According to a notification issued by Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, “the committee is hereby reconstituted as under with immediate effect and until further notification.”
Moulana Abdul Khabir Azad will be the new chairman of the committee. In the 19-member committee, Akbar, Moulana Fataur Rahirn, Dr Yaseen Zafar, Mufti Muhammad lqbal Chishti, Dr Mufti Ali Asghar, Mufti Faisal Ahmed, Syed All Karar Naqvi, Mufti Yousaf Nashrniri, Hafit Abdul Ghafoor, Mufti Faral-E-Jamil Rixvi, Mufti Qari Mirullah, Sahibzada Syed Habibullah Chishti, Mufti Zameer Sajid, Representative of SUPARCO, representative of MET Department, representative of Ministry of Science and Technology and representative of the ministry of religious affairs, have also been included.
While talking to Dialogue Pakistan about the reason behind his removal, Mufti Naeem said, “I don’t know(the reason)..I am relaxed, no problem.” Upon asking about any role of Fawad Chaudhry behind his removal he preferred ‘no comments’.