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National Assembly passes bill to end moon sighting controversy

01:16 PM | 1 Jun, 2023
National Assembly passes bill to end moon sighting controversy
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ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly has given its approval to a bill aimed at resolving the ongoing disputes related to the dates of religious events. The bill achieves this by banning private moon-sighting committees and granting exclusive authorization to the federal and district Ruet-e-Hilal committees.

Under the proposed bill, individuals found operating unauthorized moon-sighting committees will be subject to a fine of Rs500,000. Moreover, those who provide false testimony about sighting the moon may face a three-year prison sentence, a fine of Rs50,000, or both.

In addition, the bill prohibits television channels from announcing moon-sighting before the official announcement is made. Violation of this rule by any channel will result in a fine of Rs1 million, and their broadcasting license could potentially be suspended.

The bill also outlines the composition of the central Ruet-e-Hilal committee, which will consist of 16 members including a chairman, two scholars from each of the four provinces, a cleric from Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Kashmir. The committee will also include representatives from Suparco, the Meteorological Office, and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Pakistan often witnesses controversy surrounding moon-sighting, as many religious events are determined by the lunar calendar. Various sources compete to be the first to announce the sighting of the moon, leading to clashes between the central committee and non-governmental committees and resulting in the celebration of multiple Eids in the country.

Once the Senate passes the bill, it will be enacted into law.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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