Draft leg­is­la­tion pre­pared to ob­serve Ra­mazan, Eid on same day coun­try­wide

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Min­is­ter for Re­li­gious Af­fairs Sar­dar Muham­mad Yousaf on Tues­day in­formed the Se­nate that the Min­istry of Re­li­gious Af­fairs had pre­pared draft leg­is­la­tion to ob­serve Ramzan and Eid on the same day. How­ever, the min­is­ter said in this re­gard they were wait­ing for pass­ing of a res­o­lu­tion from at least one pro­vin­cial as­sem­bly to au­tho­rize the federation.

Re­spond­ing to a point of or­der, the Min­is­ter said when the draft leg­is­la­tion was sent to Law Min­istry it replied that af­ter de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers the min­istry of re­li­gious af­fairs was now a pro­vin­cial sub­ject and for this pur­pose pass­ing of a res­o­lu­tion from at least one or two pro­vin­cial as­sem­blies to au­tho­rize the cen­tre to do leg­is­la­tion in this re­gard was a pre-req­ui­site. He said the fed­eral govern­ment was now wait­ing for such a res­o­lu­tion so that proper leg­isla-tion could be car­ried out.

He said it was a good omen that moon was sighted in the en­tire coun­try on the same day. He said the PML-N govern­ment in 2013 also did ef­forts to re­duce com­mu­ni­ca­tion gap be­tween the cen­tral Rueat-e-Hi­lal and zonal com­mit­tees and hoped ef­forts to ob­serve Ramzan and Eid on the same day in fu­ture would bear fruits. He said sight­ing of moon and an­nounce­ment was re­li­gious re­spon­si­bil­ity of Ruet-e-Hi­lal Com­mit­tee as it col­lected ev­i­dences of those peo­ple who ful­fill the cri­te­ria.

He said “We con­tacted re­gional Roet e Hi­lal com­mit­tee and Mufti Sha­habud­din Pop­ulzai of Masjid Qasim Ali Khan Pe­shawar and his con­cern was that the re­gional com­mit­tee does not wait for their ev­i­dences.” He said con­cerns of Pop­ulzai were re­moved and Ra­mazan was ob­served on the same day, adding that the pro­vin­cial min­is­ter also played a good role in this re­gard. Sar­dar Yousuf said Masji Qasim Ali had a com­mit­tee for moon sight­ing for the last 250 years and it col­lected ev­i­dences from the lo­cal peo­ple.—APP

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