ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) had already predicted that the Ramzan moon will be sighted on May 16 and scientifically and the first day of the holy month will be on May 17, but the controversial Ruet-e Hilal Committee (RHC) spent Rs1 million to see the moon in Karachi, Pakistan Today has learned.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs revealed the total cost of the RHC’s meeting was Rs1 million which was held on Wednesday at Met Office Karachi. Riwayat hilal committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman, along with its 23 members, assembled in Karachi on May 15 as the Ministry of Religious Affairs paid their expenses from transport to accommodation and others, sources close to the development told Pakistan Today.
The RHC was established in 1974 through a parliamentary resolution and has been working since then at both central and district levels without any legal or constitutional status. The committee is already a controversial entity as its legal status was questioned at many forums when members were appointed on a political basis.