Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry unveils new proposal to permanently solve the Moon sighting issue in Pakistan

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Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry unveils new proposal to permanently solve the Moon sighting issue in Pakistan

JHELUM: Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry unveils new proposal to permanently solve the Moon sighting issue in Pakistan.

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Sunday that two moon observatories will be set up by next year to "permanently resolve" moon-sighting conflicts.

Speaking to the media here in the city, Chaudhry said the plan was to set up moon observatories in Islamabad and Gwadar where anyone would be able to go and see the moon for themselves.

"Given the debate we observed over moon [sighting] this year, we intend to set up a moon observatory in Islamabad next year and we're also trying to set one up in Gwadar too," the federal minister explained.

"The issue of moon-sighting will be permanently resolved after the moon observatories" are established, he noted. "A common person will be able to go and see the moon and decide for themselves," he added.

The minister also thanked Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairperson Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rahman and other members, as well as religious scholars of Pakistan, for their contributions to the country.

"This Eid was not possible without them. I thank them all," he mentioned.