Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry told a parliamentary committee that Ruet-e-Hilal Committee provided wrong lunar dates for three months, namely, Zilqad, Safar and Rajab.
During a joint meeting of the Senate and National Assembly’s standing committees on religious affairs has once more shed light on the inability of various parties to come to an agreement on the country’s lunar calendar.
A briefing on the scientific version of the calendar was provided by the science and technology ministry during the meeting, held on March 5.
Fawad Chaudhry expressed his regrets that Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and Maulana Popalzai were not in attendance despite an invitation extended to them.
Chaudhry said that in Saudi Arabia and Iran, decisions revolving around the sighting of the moon are always centred on the use of science.
“We are inviting people on the basis of knowledge and technology. We are a nation state and such groupings and divisions cause ideological damage,” he said.
He said that the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee had provided wrong lunar dates for three months, namely, Zilqad, Safar and Rajab.
The minister said that the work of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) was not up to the people’s standards.