The Federal cabinet has on Wednesday approves three bills drafted by the religious affairs ministry.
According to sources, the federal cabinet has ratified a bill that seeks imprisonment and a fine of Rs500,000 for people involved in private moon sightings.
The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee 2020, Muslim Family Law 2020, and Publication of Holy Quran Amendment Bill were also approved during the meeting.
The sources said that under the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee 2020, people who form private Ruet-e-Hilal committees would be fined and imprisoned. The decisions of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will be binding across Pakistan.
As per the Publication of the Holy Quran Amendment Bill, high quality paper and board will be used for the printing of the Quran. Under the amendment bill, there will be fines and penalties for substandard printing.
Earlier, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, chairman of Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, had been removed from office.
According to the notification issued by the government, Maulana Abdul Khabir had been appointed as the new chairman of central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.
According to sources, the committee has 19 members, including Raghib Naeemi, Hussain Akbar, Maulana Fazlur Rahim, Dr Yaseen Zafar, Mufti Iqbal Chishti, Dr Mufti Ali Asghar, Faisal Ahmed, Syed Ali Qarar Naqvi, Mufti Fazl Jameel, Hafiz Abdul Ghafoor. , Yusuf Kashmiri, Qari Mirullah, Habibullah Chishti and Mufti Zameer.
The committee also includes a representative from SUPARCO, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission and the Ministry of Religious Affairs.