Lahore (Staff Report): The holy month of Ramazan 1439 AH is expected to begin in Pakistan from Thursday (May 17), announced Secretary-General Ruet-e-Hilal Research Council (RHRC) Khalid Ejaz Mufti. 

According to details, Pakistan's main moon-sighting body RHRC will meet today (Wednesday) to sight the crescent for the holy month of Ramazan .

Khalid Ejaz Mufti said, “As per information provided by Pakistan Meteorological Department the new moon will be sighted only if its age is more than 19 hours at sunset and the difference between sunset and moonset should also be more than 40 minutes.

"The age of the new moon on the evening of Wednesday will be more than 26 hours in all cities of Pakistan," said the RHRC secretary-general.

The difference between sunset and moonset will also be 58-60 minutes in various important cities of the country.

RHRC members are confident that the new moon would be visible in all cities of Pakistan on Wednesday, May 16 if there are no clouds in the sky, said Mufti.