Govt decides to restructure Ruet-e-Hilal Committee: sources

Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to restructure the country’s premium moon-sighting body, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee (RHC).

Sources privy to the development said that the Ministry of Religious Affairs has finalized its draft of recommendations for restructuring of the RHC.

The draft has been sent to the Ministry of  Law and Justice.

According to the draft, the current chairman and members of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee would be changed and the new chairman and the members would be appointed.

Furthermore, fines have also been recommended over the announcement in contradiction with the government committee.

The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee was set up in 1974 under a resolution passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan, and no rules and regulations for the functioning of the committee have been drafted till date.

Earlier, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had demanded the abolition of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

Chaudhry, while talking to overseas journalists had criticized the clerics once again regarding the moon sighting techniques.