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Controversey over start of Ramzan in Pakistan

Peshawar, August 1 (): Ramzan begins on Monday in most Arab countries, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as in India. Even before Central Ruet-i-Hilal Commitee announced the start of Ramzan month, on Sunday Mufti Shahabuddin Popalzai of the non-official ruet-i-hilal committee of Qasim Ali Khan Mosque announced that evidence of the sighting of moon had been received and Monday would be the first day of the fasting month in Peshawar and adjoining areas.

The meeting of the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, to be held in Karachi on Monday, will be attended by members of the central and Karachi zonal committees and officials of the meteorological department. Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and religious scholars belonging to different schools of thought criticized the announcement made by Mufti Popalzai and affirmed their support for the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee.

Ramzan will also begin on Monday in parts of Bajaur and North Waziristan, particularly in Miramshah. Unrest in Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa are worried since the Ramzan month brings more Muslims to mosques and this could trigger a regrouping of anti- State forces to strike against the Government forces.

In most of Arab countries including Libya will witness a lull in protests during the Ramadan month. However the NATO troops are not sure whether the Taliban forces would escalate the violence or go in for sleep mode. It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen,” Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters in Kabul. “I have no idea whether violence or attack will go up or down.

Mullen said the United States has “great regard and respect for this month” but we “have to assure that our forces are protected and we’ll see what the enemy does. That probably will drive what happens over the course of the next month.”