A spokesperson of Delhi's Jama Masjid said the moon was sighted.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee in its Karachi meeting on Wednesday confirmed receiving testimonies of sighting the moon from certain districts and parts of the KP including Buner, Mansehra, Hangu, Swabi, and others.
Mufti Muneeb made the announcement while addressing a press conference in Karachi after the Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee concluded its meeting. The news has been confirmed by Chand Committee.
Moulana Mufti Khaleel Ahmed announced that Thursday would be the first day of fasting month. In addition, Pakistan Meteorological Department revealed that the new moon born on 15 MAY at 4:49 PM.
Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangaldesh normally begin Ramzan fasting a day later than Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries.
Earlier, the Australian National Imams Council declared that Ramazan will begin today (Thursday). This year however it is most likely that the Ramzan Chand will be sighted today evening.
In a statement, President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain congratulated Muslims on the advent of Ramadan ul Mubarak. He observed that the holy month is an opportunity for introspection.
Muslims are meant to fast from dawn to dusk during the lunar month, a time of restraint and austerity. It is followed by the Eid al-Fitr festival. Faithful will be offering long prayers during this month and will be donating huge amounts to seek Jannah in Aakhirah.
Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five obligatory pillars of Islam, along with the Muslim declaration of faith, daily prayer, annual charity - known as "zakat" - and performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah.