A 25-member committee of ulema of North Waziristan, after deliberating for more than four hours, declared on Wednesday that Shawwal moon had been sighted and that Eid would be celebrated across the region on Thursday.

A total of 19 evidences were presented to the committee headed by Maulvi Sanaullah, 11 of them from Mirali area and nine from Miramshah.

Thousands of people, both locals and from nearby areas, had flocked to the meeting to see its proceedings. After the announcement, people fired in the air in celebration and danced to the beat of drums.

The outcome of the meeting meant that Eid will be celebrated in Waziristan region a day earlier than the rest of the country. It also showed that the issue of sighting the Shawwal crescent needs to be handled more efficiently in future.

S. Arabia, most other Arab states celebrate Eid today

KARACHI: Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and most other countries in the Middle East on Thursday as the Shawwal moon was sighted on Wednesday.

The Saudi royal court announced that the first day of Shawwal would fall on Thursday, the website of Saudi Gazette said.

The Khaleej Times website quoted the UAE’s Justice Minister and chairman of the moon-sighting committee, Dr Hadef bin Jowan Al Dhahiri, as confirming that Eid would be celebrated on Thursday.

Eid prayers would be offered across the country on Thursday morning, said the announcement. Special events and celebrations would be held to mark the festive season.

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NK Ali
August 8, 2013 10:06 am

Pakistan will be hard put to clear this mess. Why? For the simple reason there are tooooooo many mullahs in the frontline of our daily lives. They never agreed before and they do not agree now and they will not agree in future. There may be isolated incidents of unity, but in the end count the division will prevail. This has been going on for half a decade and it is unlikely that it will end now (many a times they do not pray behind each other). Salams

August 8, 2013 12:47 pm

Why are the ulema so poorly organised. We get this problem twice a year and have had to deal with it for over 14 hundred years. Surely it's time to sort this out. Come on let's organise just a little! Is there no one that can take the lead? What about our prime minister and president?

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