ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Saturday said there were fair chances of the Ramazan moon being sighted on May 16.
Talking to The Express Tribune, an official of PMD, on condition of anonymity, said that chances were high that the holy month of Ramazan will start in Pakistan from May 17 (Thursday).
“Chances are high that people in Pakistan will observe their first fast on May 17,” said the official.
He clarified that the predictions were based entirely on scientific calculations.
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According to the Climate Data Processing Centre (CDP) of PMD the new moon of Ramazan, 1439 AH will be born on crossing conjunction point at 16:49 PST on May 16.
According to astronomical parameters, there is ‘fair chance’ of sighting the new moon on May 16.
According to PMD, the weather is expected to be fair/partly cloudy in most parts of the country.
Meanwhile, the central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is likely to meet on May 16 for sighting the crescent of Ramazan.