KARACHI - After a long time, there is no confusion about the commencement of Ramazan across the country and the first Ramazan will be on Thursday as the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced the moon for the holy month of Ramazan was not sighted in any part of the country.

Addressing a press conference in Karachi on Tuesday after a meeting of the committee at Met Complex, RHC Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman said that not a single witness of the moon approached the committee from any part of the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The zonal committees also held their meetings at provincial capitals.

The meteorological and other departments provided technical assistance to the RHC.

Reports from forty-eight offices of the Met Department confirmed that Ramazan moon could not be sighted.

Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai, of the unofficial ruet-e-hilal committee of Peshawar’s Qasim Ali Khan mosque also announced that there were no witnesses received regarding the moon sighting and that the holy month of Ramazan would commence from Thursday.

The unofficial committee of Peshawar’s historic mosque has opposed the decisions of the official Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee in the past.

Jamia Masjid in New Delhi in a similar announcement said that the crescent was nowhere to be sighted in India. Therefore, Thursday will be the first day of Ramazan in India.

NNI adds: Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai refused to accept announcement of moon sighting by anyone other than the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

The KPK government decided on June 3 to fast and celebrate Eid with the rest of the country. KPK Religious Affairs Minister Habibur Rehman said that anyone willing to provide evidence of sighting the moon could contact zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

Earlier, top government officials have contacted senior clerics of the province to commence Ramazan on the same day in the whole country.

Habib had called a meeting of scholars across the province including Mufti Shahabuddin of Masjid Qasim Ali Khan.