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Wednesday Jul 29 2020

PM Imran should declare third day of Eid ul Adha a holiday: Mufti Muneeb

The top cleric says Prime Minister Imran Khan should have declared Eid holidays for three days as Eid is a three-day celebration. Photo:

Chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rahman, on Wednesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan should declare the third day of Eid ul Adha a holiday as it is traditionally a three-day celebration.

Last week, the federal government had announced a three-day holiday, from Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2, on account of Eid ul Adha.

Addressing the press conference in Karachi, the religious scholar said there is "no conflict between ulema and science" and that the ulema "also have scientific knowledge".

He said meterologists from Pakistan Meteorological Department were a part of the decision making during the moon-sighting.

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Lamenting the ongoing brutal lockdown in India-occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces, Mufti Muneeb said that it has been nearly a year and the incumbent government "has done nothing and only passed resolutions in this regard".

"A clearer message on the Kashmir conflict has still not been given to India at the international level," he said.

Occupied Kashmir has been under a clampdown since August 5, after the Indian government revoked the special status of the valley. The Modi government sent in an unprecedented number of Indian troops to the region, imposed a curfew and placed Kashmiri politicians under house arrest.