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Fawad Chaudhry says Eid-ul-Fitr will be on May 14

ISLAMABAD: Eid-ul-Fitr will be marked on May 14 “as per calendar of the Ministry of Science and Technology”, said Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday.

Taking to Twitter, Chaudhry said that the moon for the month of Shawwal will be seen in Karachi and its surrounding areas on May 13. However, he said, the final decision would be made by Ruet-Hilal- Committee after its meeting for the moon sighting.

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet on the 29th of Ramadan, May 12, to sight the Eid-ul-Fitr moon. The meeting will take place in Islamabad with Committee chairman Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad presiding over it.

The meetings of zonal committees would take place in their respective areas, while the central committee would gather witnesses from across the country.

Meanwhile, the meteorological department said the birth of the Shawwal moon will take place after 12:00am on May 12. “There is no chance that the Shawwal moon will be sighted on Wednesday,” it said.