Police arrest cleric who announced Eid in Charsadda

Published: August 18, 2012
The central and local Ruet-e-Hilal committees will assemble today for sighting the moon. PHOTO: FILE

The central and local Ruet-e-Hilal committees will assemble today for sighting the moon. PHOTO: FILE

SHABQADAR: The Charsadda police,  on the directives of the district government, arrested the cleric who announced Eidul Fitr in certain areas of Charsadda on Saturday.

Certain areas of Charsadda are celebrating Eidul Fitr today, one day before Saudi Arabia, following a late night sighting of the Shawwal moon by Barelvi sect clerics. The arrested cleric has been identified as Lal Rehman.

According to a police official of Shabqadar Police Station, Rehman has been arrested from his house in Matta Mughal Khel, Shabqadar, and has been put behind bars in the police station.

Last night, some clerics of the the union council of Matta and Panjpao reported that the Eidul Fitr moon had been sighted in other parts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

A total of 10 percent of the province will be celebrating Eid today, while the majority Deobandi sect will assemble for moon sighting today evening.

The people living in these areas have demanded that the government ensure unity among Pakistani Muslims.

The central and local Ruet-e-Hilal committees will assemble today for sighting the moon as well.

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Reader Comments (42)

  • a&a
    Aug 18, 2012 - 12:17PM

    eid mubarak …!!!!


  • Bashir Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Well done .No one can stop them.They are addicted to this.


  • ather khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 2:59PM

    let them do whatever they want. it is their rozas that will be broken. quran and sunnah have strict direction in these matters. if they want to violet them , let them. pakistan govt has done its best , but illiterate people won’t listen.


  • Salman
    Aug 18, 2012 - 5:53PM

    lol good people at the part of the world are stupid generally


  • Amir
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:04PM

    the cleric….blasphemous….Recommend

  • harkol
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:21PM

    This one takes the cake really!!!


  • TightBanian
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Ban the clerics from looking at the moon !


  • Arian
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Pashtuns don’t have to wait for the word from Bedouin camel herders that they have sighted the new moon.


  • Ahmed
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Eid Mubarak to those who are cebrating,


  • Molvi Iqbal Haider
    Aug 18, 2012 - 6:39PM

    This is unconstitutional. Iftikhar Muhammad choudry should take suo moto notice of this clear contempt. Only the judges should determine when the moon has or has not been sighted.


  • Khan of Jandul
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:18PM

    the state has nothing to do with religious affairs and festivals of theh people. The foremost duty of the state is establishing security and rendering justic, but regrettably the state has failed in providing both of them to the people. Worship and in that sense fasting is something personal, so interfering with the personal lives of the people is a worst kind of despotism.


  • patriot
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:48PM

    @Molvi Iqbal: .. please try to be rational and prove people who criticize your first name wrongRecommend

  • patriot
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:49PM

    It will be interesting to see that under which law has he been arrested.. freedom of speech and belief??


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Well done Police.

    These clerics should be severely punished.

    Such announcements should also come under blasphemy law, as this is tantamount to provoking people not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan and celebrate Eid without sighting the Eid Moon and without having few credible witnesses in the area.


  • Ali
    Aug 18, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Let him spend one behind bars.


  • Aug 18, 2012 - 7:59PM

    it is quite right act to handle the tendency of stepping forward from others.Recommend

  • Raw is War
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:22PM

    what’s so serious about it?


  • qzj00
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:25PM

    RELAX, buddy. Ever heard of sarcasm?


  • rosegull
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:29PM

    they are not muslimRecommend

  • harry
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:35PM

    I think we should first decide the exact day for Eid-UL fITER AND then decide to celeberate it combinely. I think it will show our unity.


  • Arsalan khan
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:38PM

    @Khan of Jandul
    Which world you are living in? If these matters are left to clerics, soon there would be 100 eids.All such matters plus management of mosques are assigned to state in S.Arabia, malaysia,Turkey, UAE and many other countries.Recommend

  • Kafir
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:48PM

    I am loving it !!! I am getting addicted to Pakistani news for best entertainment…


  • R.A
    Aug 18, 2012 - 8:54PM

    !Certain parts of Charsadda are celebrating Eid to day
    after late night sighting of moon by some clerics!
    Any comments please but without laughing

  • Aug 18, 2012 - 9:04PM

    The people living in these areas have demanded that the government ensure unity among Pakistani Muslims.

    Are you people insane?? Why on earth you follow those people? Are you addicts ??Recommend

  • tahir
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:03PM

    he should be hanged upside down for creating rift in the ranks of Muslims. members of un-official and so-called moon-sighting committee in peshawar must also be punished for their own state within a state.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Why there is State’s intervention in someone’s religious believes. If people of some area want to celeberate Eid, then let them celeberate and enjoy. In old days, there were different Eid days within few miles apart.


  • Special Eid Greetings
    Aug 18, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Exploitation of provisional rights, freedom and constitutional rights. The Govt. After the 1971 Bangladesh then the present crisis in Balochistan still is exploiting provisional rights and basic constitutional and human freedom.


  • Mahmood
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:22AM

    Comedic indeed. Late night sighting wouldn’t be possible at all. Astronomically, the moon would have already extended past the western horizon shortly after sunset. Forget the arrests though, these people need a psychological evaluation!


  • Waheed
    Aug 19, 2012 - 4:39AM

    Ruet-e-Hilal committees should be declared illegal. In this day and age of scientific development, the stages of moon can be acurately calculated. A trusted science and space organization should be assigned this task, so that there is ONE EID throughout the Country. It is ridiculous to practice moon sigting ritual any more


  • Mustafa Moiz
    Aug 19, 2012 - 4:40AM

    Leave it to the Express Tribune to always try to drive a wedge between Barelvis and Deobandis. We are all Muslims, and I for one am neither Barelvi nor Deobandi.


  • Aug 19, 2012 - 5:21AM

    BLASPHEMY! How can a Mullah be arrested! FREE THE MULLAHS!


  • Pashtun voice
    Aug 19, 2012 - 6:43AM

    moon seen in the middle of the night


  • Nisar Khan
    Aug 19, 2012 - 8:01AM

    This is Popalzai’s Popalzai !
    We hope they are consistent in observing other religious days like Ashura, Eid Milad etc ahead of rest of the country.


  • FrAud
    Aug 19, 2012 - 9:56AM

    Please learn to appreciate sarcasm and have a good laugh over it. It is ur religious complexes that prevent u from seeing the message for what it is..


  • Shahbaz
    Aug 19, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Are they going to arrest the clerics from the entire Middle East who have already celebrated the Eid?


  • Ahmad Mirza
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:28PM

    Thank you Mufti muneeb and all maulanas; you have invited such lunacy for us.


  • Magus
    Aug 19, 2012 - 2:35PM

    @ather khan: They can also purple, magenta, yellow or red themRecommend

  • fathe ali
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:27AM

    Why should we beliece other clerics.


  • alicia
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Is there a law against seeing the moon earlier than it should be seen?? How is it the clerics fault. Recommend

  • JoelB
    Aug 20, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Let me get this straight – a cleric is arrested for looking at the moon? Is this for real? Are you people still in the Dark Ages???


  • Muhammad Adil
    Aug 20, 2012 - 11:37PM

    We need to criticize any such act of arresting clerics because law needs to equally implemented for everyone and not for only clerics in Charsadda.Recommend

  • salwa
    Aug 23, 2012 - 11:58AM

    We always focus on useless matters. Law should be imposed and practiced by eveyone, without any objection in respect of our religion.


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