LAHORE – Zilhajj moon was not sighted anywhere in Pakistan, and Eidul Azha will be observed on Saturday (September 02, 2017) in the country, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced here on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference after chairing a meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman said that moon could not be sighted anywhere in Pakistan on Tuesday.

The month of Zil-Hajj will now start on August 24.

Earlier, the committee met at the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in Karachi. The meeting was chaired by Committee Chairman, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman.

Zonal committees have also met in Lahore and Islamabad. In Lahore, the moon sighting meeting was chaired by Punjab Auqaf Director General Tahir Bukhari.

The PMD had also predicted slim chances of sighting of the new moon today, August 22 (Ziquad 29, 1438 AH).

Eid-ul-Azha, therefore, is predicted to be observed across the country on September 2.