5th September 2019:
An official press release has been circulated by the Government of Pakistan Ministry of Interior with immediate circulation yesterday.
According to the press release, Friday, 6th September will be commemorated as ‘Defence Day’ in Pakistan.
Furthermore, the nation will observe ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ as well just like last Friday. All offices across the country will be closed at 3 pm for the following:
- Commemoration of Defence Day in Pakistan
- Solidarity with People of Kashmir, and
- Visiting families of the martyred and national monuments.
2019 UPDATE: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is to announce Youm-e-Ashura (10th Muharram) date which is likely 10th September 2019.
The federal and provincial government will announce two public holidays on the account of 9th and 10th Muharram.
For security purposes, the government will deploy police and other paramilitaries to ensure maximum security and safety major cities of Pakistan.
Mobile services in some cities are also likely to be suspended.
The Central Ruet-e-Hial Committee meeting will be presided over by Mufti Munibur Rehman towards the end of the Islamic month for the sighting of Muharram’s moon.
2018 UPDATE: According to Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Muharram-ul Haram moon has not been sighted and the 1st of Muharram-ul-Haram will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
10 Muharram 2018 date in Pakistan
Since Muharram will fall in Pakistan on 12 September 2018, Ashura will fall on Friday, September 21
Muharram 2018 date in Pakistan will be finally revealed today as the meeting of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled on Monday, 29 Zil-Hajj in Karachi for the moon sighting for the new Islamic year, 1440 Hijri.
According to Pakistan’s Meteorological Department, chances of sighting the moon are likely on Monday. However, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will make the final decision.
Chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman would declare the crescent sighting on the basis of information received from the meeting of respective Provincial/District Ruet-e-Hilal Committees.
The Sindh Government has announced strict security measures to be followed during Muharram whereas Pillion riding will be banned from 8th to 10th Muharram, a practice also followed in other metropolitans. Pillion riding has also been banned in Islamabad for two months as a security measure for the first month of the Islamic calendar.
No notification has yet been rolled out regarding the suspension of mobile phone signals.
Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic year. For Muslims, largely the Shia community, Muharram is a month of mourning for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
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