Nepal govt dragged to SC over Hajj Committee issue

Last Updated: Monday, October 12, 2009 - 20:35

Kathmandu: The Muslim community in Nepal is
up-in-arms against the newly formed Hajj Committee and has
dragged the government to Supreme Court seeking its annulment.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had formed a 20 member
Hajj committee last week to facilitate arrangements for the
Hajj going Muslims.

Mahamud Alam and Masaruddin Ansari yesterday lodged a
writ in the Supreme Court demanding to annul the committee
formed by the government.

They have made the Prime Minister, the Council of
Ministers and Home and Finance Ministers as defendants in the
petition.

"The Hajj Committee should formed as per the Islamic
values not on the basis of political ideologies", the duo
argued.

The writ says the committee was against the spirit of
directives of the Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament.

The PAC had asked the government to form a seven member
committee to avoid financial burden and possible irregularity,
according to The Kathmandu Post.

The Muslim community has also warned of launching an
agitation if their demands were not fulfilled. They were also
opposing the government`s new rule that prevents Muslims
crossing the age of 65 to go to Hajj.

Every year some 500 Muslims from Nepal visit the holy
cities of Mecca and Medina for Hajj.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, October 12, 2009 - 20:35

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