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Ruet-e-Hilal Committee to meet for Ramadan moon sighting on March 22

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The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony on Tuesday announced that the meeting for the Ramadan moonsighting was scheduled for March 22 at Provincial Awqaf in Peshawar, after the Asr prayer, under the chairmanship of Maulana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad.

Taking to its official handle, the ministry released its press release with the subject “Arrangements for sighting the crescent of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak 1444 AH/2023.”

“The central meeting for the sighting of the moon of Ramadan will be held on Wednesday, March 22 (corresponding to 29 Shaban) after Asr prayer at Provincial Awqaf Peshawar under the chairmanship of Chairman Maulana Syed Abdul Khabir Azad.”

“Meetings of other zonal committees will be held at their respective locations including the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Kohsar Block,” the ministry tweeted.

Signed by Assistant Director Naseer Ud Din, the press release read: “I am directed to notify that the meeting of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for [the] sighting [of] the crescent of Ramdan-ul-Mubarak 1444 AH will be held in the evening of Wednesday the 22nd March 2023 (29th Shaban 1444 Hijri) in the building of Auqaf Department, Peshawar.

“Whereas, [the] meetings of Zonal/District Ruet-e-Hilal Committees will be held at their respective Headquarters at the same time. Similarly, the meeting of the Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, ICT will be held at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmon, 1st Floor Kohsar Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad.”

The press release further instructed that all information about the position of the crescent may be conveyed to Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Moulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, Syed Mushahid Hussain Khalid, and Hafiz Abdul Qudoos.

“The chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will announce the decision of crescent sighting or otherwise subsequently on the basis of information received to this end,” the statement said.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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Iran has officially announced a period of national mourning following the tragic death of Raisi in a helicopter crash.

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The state-run news agency IRNA has reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has announced a period of five days for the entire nation to grieve the untimely death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter accident.

Khamenei paid a respectful homage by sharing a photograph of himself with Raisi on X, previously known as Twitter, and included a remark alluding to Imam Reza, the highly esteemed eighth imam of Shia Islam.

Mohammad Mokhber, the First Vice President, has been appointed to supervise the executive branch of the government. He will serve in this role temporarily for a period of 50 days, during which a new presidential election must take place. Mokhber has committed to perpetuating Raisi’s trajectory and guaranteeing the seamless execution of governmental responsibilities.

“As per Article 131 of the constitution, Mokhber has been appointed to lead the executive branch,” stated Khamenei. He further mentioned that Mokhber will collaborate with the heads of the legislative and judicial branches to make arrangements for the upcoming presidential elections, with a deadline of 50 days.”

According to IRNA, Ali Bagheri Kani has been designated as the interim foreign minister following this unfortunate event. The remains of Raisi are currently being brought to Tabriz, however, specific information regarding his funeral plans has not yet been provided.

An unusual conference, encompassing all three levels of the Iranian government, was convened on Monday in response to the tragedy. Mokhber served as the representative of the executive branch, while delegates from the legislative and judiciary branches were also present.

“During the meeting, Mokhber assured that we will adhere to President Raisi’s directives and carry out our assigned responsibilities without any disruptions.” As to the constitution of the Islamic Republic, the first vice president is authorised to temporarily take the position of president with the agreement of the Supreme Leader. Subsequently, a new president is to be elected within a period of 50 days.

Global leaders have offered condolences and conveyed their profound grief and sympathy with the people of Iran in response to this tragic occurrence. While the country grieves, plans are being made to commemorate Raisi’s accomplishments and facilitate a seamless transfer of power.

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Sardar Tanveer Ilyas, the former Prime Minister of AJK, has been apprehended by authorities.

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Sardar Tanveer Ilyas, the ex-prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has been apprehended by the Margalla Police in Islamabad.

Ilyas was apprehended by the authorities following the registration of a case against him at the Margalla Police Station, as stated by the police spokeswoman.

The police officials have accused Ilyas of committing six grave offences, which include assaulting the premises of a private enterprise.

The spokeswoman verified the arrest, stating that Ilyas was apprehended following a comprehensive investigation and subsequent legal actions.

This event follows the filing of a case against Ilyas, accusing him of being involved in the assault on a private company’s office.

The individual has been apprehended by law enforcement and will be subjected to investigation and subsequent legal procedures.

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