NA passes Ruet-e-Hilal Bill to regulate mechanism of moon-sighting.

The National Assembly Wednesday passed a bill to regulate the mechanism of moon-sighting for the commencement of Islamic months, making unofficial bodies liable for penal action.

State Minister for Law and Justice Shahadat Awan presented the Pakistan Ruet-e-Hilal Bill, 2022 in the absence of the religious affairs minister.

'In order to regulate the system of moon-sighting for the purpose of commencement of Islamic Hijri calendar months and consequently to bring harmony amongst followers of various schools of thought of Islam to perform their religious obligations with unanimity throughout the country,' read the bill, a copy of which is available on the NA website.

It barred all the other unofficial bodies and individuals from indulging in this activity.

'No committee, entity or organisation by whatever name called, other than the federal, provincial and district committees for sighting the moon shall operate in all over Pakistan or any part thereof,' the bill stated, adding the term of Ruet-e-Hilal committees shall be three years.

The meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal committee shall be convened by its chairperson on the 29th day of each month or at any time on his own or as directed by the division concerned.

The committee may co-opt any person or invite any expert to attend its meetings or deliberations, to advise it on any matter under discussion, however, such co-opted or invited member shall have no right to vote.

Composition of body

The chairperson of the central moon-sighting...

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