The first day of Ramazan will be observed across Pakistan on Thursday.
The announcement was made by Chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munibur Rehman after chairing a meeting at the Pakistan Meteorological Department Complex, Karachi on Wednesday evening.
A spokesperson of Delhi's Jama Masjid said the moon was sighted. It stated that according to astronomical parameters, there is a fair chance of sighting the new moon of Ramazan, 1439 AH on 29th of Shaban, 1439 AH.
Besides, Provincial and District Ruet-e-Hilal Committees would also meet in their respective areas to collect the evidence about sighting of the moon. Therefore, the month of Ramzan will begin there on Thursday, May 17.
Earlier the Australian National Imams Council declared that the holy month of Ramazan will begin on Thursday. This year however it is most likely that the Ramzan Chand will be sighted today evening.
President Mamnoon said that the Holy Month of Ramadan teaches peace, brotherhood patience and perseverance.
Ramazan is a holy month for the world's almost 1.5 billion Muslims, many of whom practise the ritual of dawn-to-dusk fasting and prayers. Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) during that month.
Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramzan.
This year, Ramadan falls on long summer days for Muslims in the Northern Hemisphere.
Arrangements have begun for "namaz-e-taraveeh", special prayers offered every night throughout the month. Fasting during the entire month is one of the five tenets of Islam.