Fulfilling his promise, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry launched the country’s first moonsighting website and Hijri Calendar on Sunday.

He also announced that Eid will be celebrated on June 5 as per the lunar observations.

The minister shared that the five-year Hijri Calendar has been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and will be presented before the cabinet on Wednesday.


The CII will review the lunar calendar and decide if under Islamic laws, the only evidence acceptable for moon-sighting is with the naked eye or if it can also be sighted with equipment.

Fawad added he “personally believes that there is no need to have Rueti Hilal Committee [moon-sighting committee] in the country.”

He said that the moonsighting website and calendar have been created with the efforts of several departments and provide all relevant information.