Nepal govt dragged to SC over Hajj Committee issue

Nepal govt dragged to SC over Hajj Committee issue 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