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Two holidays announced by government for Youm-e-Ashura

Youm-e-Ashura

The government has declared August 18 and 19 as public holidays to mark Youm-e-Ashura, said a notification from the Ministry of Interior.

On Friday, a notification from the Ministry of Interior issued according to which, August 18 and 19 will be public holidays for the upcoming Youm-e-Ashura. 

Read more: NCOC issues guidelines for Muharram gatherings

Earlier this week, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee sighted the Muharram-ul-Haram moon, which rings in the new Islamic year, 1443 AH. 

Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Moulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad had presided over the meeting, which took place at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Quetta. 

Representatives from the Central and Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committees, Pakistan Meteorological Department officials, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Harmony were present in the meeting. 

The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee on Monday sighted the moon for Muharram-ul-Haram. The sighting of the moon has marked the new Islamic year, 1443 AH. 

Muharram moon sighted on Monday & Youm-e-Ashura will be marked on Aug 19

Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Moulana Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad presided over the meeting, which took place at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Quetta. 

Representatives from the Central and Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committees, Pakistan Meteorological Department officials, Ministry of Science and Technology, and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Harmony were present at the meeting. 

In this regard, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday announced special guidelines to guard against the spread of COVID-19 during Muharram. 

According to the NCOC, the guidelines have been issued keeping in view the various recommendations forwarded by the ulema. The NCOC stated that all majalis (gatherings) and juloos (processions) must be held in accordance with the government-mandated coronavirus safety protocols. 

The administration may use the services of Razakars for the enforcement of coronavirus safety protocols, if needed. It also directed to display of all coronavirus safety precautions in clearly visible places throughout the majalis venues and juloos routes. 

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