Public holidays announced for Eid

Published: September 15, 2015
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ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday announced Eidul Azha holidays from September 24 to 26.

All government offices will remain closed from September 24 to September 26 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), a Ministry of Interior statement read.

Earlier, Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman announced on September 14 that Zul Hajjah moon was not sighted anywhere across the country, hence Eidul Azha would fall on September 25.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the local crescent-sighting body headed by Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai was held in Masjid Qasim Ali Khan for deciding the start of the month of Zul Hajjah.

Popalzai said Ruet-e-Hilal meetings have also been held in nine other districts for receiving reports of moon sighting. He added that they did not receive any evidence of moon sighting from any part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, hence they decided that Eid-ul-Azha will be observed on the 24th of the on-going month.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • ut
    Sep 15, 2015 - 6:47PM

    Because Science is SO blase!Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Sep 15, 2015 - 6:57PM

    This is not a 4 day Holiday. It’s only a two day Holiday. Saturday Sunday is off anyway.Recommend

  • vicktor d'souza
    Sep 15, 2015 - 7:57PM

    Our good pal “the Skunk” intends to forgo this long holiday to WORK, WORK, WORK as s/he enjoins one and all to do so likewise for the betterment of the country !Recommend

  • doom
    Sep 15, 2015 - 8:26PM

    I’m confused. It say the official ruet-e-hilal committee said the moon was not sighted hence Eid is on 25th. Then it says, that the Popalzai people also said the moon was not sighted but are having Eid on the 24th…?

    If they both didn’t sight the moon, why are the dates still different…?Recommend

  • Haris
    Sep 16, 2015 - 10:02AM

    What? ….why are you observing Eid on 24th if the moon was not sighted anywhere? Recommend

  • iftikhar
    Sep 16, 2015 - 10:23AM

    govt of kpk may please be announced 5 days holiday w.e from 23 sepRecommend

  • Raja Noman Khalid
    Sep 16, 2015 - 1:25PM

    @Haris:
    It’s because Populzai calendar is already ahead of Pakistan by 1 day. Both tried to see moon on their respective 29th of the lunar month and upon non-ruet both called the eid accordingly, hence, this 1 day difference is kept intact.Recommend

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