Premature moon reports may invite penalty

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs is preparing the draft of the ‘Pakistan Ruet-e-Hilal Bill 2017’ which will bar electronic/print media and other individuals from announcing news about moon-sightings prior to the official announcement by the chairman of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

The ministry is considering slapping a fine ranging between Rs200,000 and RsRs500,000 on individuals and private organisations and a larger penalty on media houses announcing the moon-sighting before the official announcement.

A senior official of the ministry, who wished not to be named, said that the draft bill was in its initial stages.

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