The government’s desire to arrange same-day Eid across the nation remains unfulfilled

PESHAWAR (Dunya News) – After receiving testimonies of sighting moon in Peshawar, the local Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), chaired by clerics of Peshawar’s Masjid Qasim Ali Khan, has announced Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday.

The clerics told they received as many as 56 testimonies of sighting the moon from all over the province. Surprisingly, the infamous Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of Masjid Qasim Peshawar remained missing from the Eid scene. He had reportedly fled to Dubai and media attained a print out of his ticket. An official from the Ministry of Religious Affairs said, “We have no clue who or why sent him to Dubai,” while hinting that he may leave for Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.

PHOTO: Ticket of Mufti Popalzai to Dubai

On the other hand, Deputy Commissioner Kohat said moon was not sighted in the district. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in Kohat on Monday with the rest of the country.

Eid-ul-Fitr moon was sighted in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and other Gulf countries. The United States, United Kingdom and most parts of Europe will celebrate Eid on Sunday. Conversely, the festival will be rejoiced in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India on June 26.